Romeo et Juliette | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 15, 2017

Sat. Jan. 21 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | 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.

The “thrilling star team” (New York Observer) of Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo sing with “white-hot sensuality and impassioned lyricism” (New York Times) as Shakespeare’s classic star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s lush adaptation.

Director Bartlett Sher’s “brilliant and inspired new production … is a revelation” (Huffington Post), and has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. The performances are led by the “richly textured and vibrant conducting” (New York Times) of Gianandrea Noseda.

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