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    Roméo et Juliette

    Charles Gounod

    Burning passion and ardent embraces in this Shakespeare tragedy featuring two of the most intense roles in the French repertoire. Gounod scales epic heights.

    Vannina Santoni, Jean-François Borras
    Vannina Santoni © Capucine de Chocqueuse - Jean-François Borras © Youness Taouil
    David Reiland
    David Reiland © Jean-Baptiste Millot

    Vannina Santoni Juliette Capulet
    Jean-François Borras Roméo Montaigu
    Jean Teitgen Frère Laurent
    Guillaume Andrieux Mercutio
    Eléonore Pancrazi Stephano
    Matthieu Justine Benvolio
    Marie Lenormand Gertrude
    Kevin Amiel Tybalt
    Marc Scoffoni Pâris
    Christian Helmer Le Comte Capulet
    Luc Bertin-Hugault Le Duc de Vérone
    Guilhem Worms Frère Jean
    Laurent Sérou Gregorio

    David Reiland direction
    Orchestre et Chœur de l’Opéra National Montpellier Occitanie
    Chœur Grand Avignon

    Sung in French with French and English subtitles

    This is obviously the most famous love affair in literature and one which has inspired composers from Bellini to Bernstein, and from Berlioz to Pascal Dusapin. Along with Faust, it is the best-known and most frequently performed work by Gounod. Steeped in the tradition of grand opera in the manner of Meyerbeer and Halévy, Gounod stands out on account of the extraordinary powers of melodic invention with which he expresses the tenderest of feelings. Fine, warm orchestral writing allows him to draw subtle portraits of women both dramatically and vocally (Marguerite, Mireille, Juliette). From start to finish, Roméo et Juliette is an epic love duo embodied by this couple proudly championing the intense power of love. Our duet of singers will be wonderful, as in addition to possessing youthful talent, they have already delivered outstanding performances in this 19th century French repertoire.

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Opéra National Montpellier Occitanie / Pyrénées Méditerranée