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Mar. 10 2018

05/05/18-Roméo et Juliette-1pm

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METROPOLITAN OPERA

CHARLES GOUNOD
Roméo et Juliette

Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation was a hit of the 2016–17 Met season (“a revelation” declared the Huffington Post). Now the sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star crossed young lovers. Plácido Domingo conducts.

  • SUNG IN FRENCH
  • ESTIMATED RUN TIME 3 HRS 2 MINS
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CAST

CONDUCTOR Plácido Domingo

JULIETTE Ailyn Pérez

Karine Deshayes

STÉPHANO Karine Deshayes

ROMÉO Bryan Hymel

Joshua Hopkins

MERCUTIO Joshua Hopkins

Kwangchul Youn

FRÈRE LAURENT Kwangchul Youn

World premiere: Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, 1867. Perhaps the most enduringly successful of the many operatic settings of the world’s consummate love story, Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects. In the opera there is a slight shift of focus away from the word games of the original play and a greater focus on the two lovers, who are given four irresistible duets, including a brief final reunion in the tomb scene that does not appear in the play.

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