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Gounod's Romeo et Juliette

Gounod's Romeo et Juliette

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Review

Roméo et Juliette, Gounod’s lyrical homage to Shakespeare, is a quintessentially French romantic opera, though tonight’s charismatic star-cross’d lovers are Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo and German soprano Diana Damrau.
 
Fear not — both are great French stylists, acclaimed for their Gallic finesse. They first worked together at the Met in Massenet’s Manon in 2015 and were immediately heralded as opera’s new golden couple. And they garnered rave reviews for this new production, wowing New York with performances of impassioned intensity and what one critic described as “white-hot sensuality”.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts. 

Summary

Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff introduce a live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where German soprano Diana Damrau and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo return to the roles of Shakespeare's iconic star-crossed lovers in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette. The pair previously starred as the Bard's tragic couple back in 2015, and here reprise their roles in a production that stays largely true to the source material - albeit with a symbolic reprieve that gives the lead performers a chance for one last duet at the end. Diana Damrau (soprano: Juliette), Vittorio Grigolo (tenor: Romeo), Mikhail Petrenko (bass: Frere Laurent), Elliot Madore (baritone: Mercutio), Virginie Verrez (mezzo-soprano: Stephano), Laurent Naouri (baritone: Count Capulet), Diego Silva (tenor: Tybalt), Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano: Gertrude), Oren Gradus (bass: Duke of Verona), David Crawford (bass-baritone: Paris), Jeongcheol Cha (bass-baritone: Gregorio), Tony Stevenson (tenor: Benvolio), New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Mary Jo Heath
Producer Janet Tuppen
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