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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

Cast

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