The Metropolitan Opera performs Charles Gounod’s French opera Roméo et Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, April 23 – May 12, 2018. Ailyn Pérez and Charles Castronovo star. Plácido Domingo conducts.
Gounod (Paris, 1818 – 1893, Saint-Cloud) is best known for his version of Bach’s Ave Maria and his opera Faust.
Roméo et Juliette
The classic Shakespeare tragedy of star-crossed Italian lovers Romeo and Juliet is the template for subsequent stories of ill-fated young love.
The story is set in Verona, Italy, a town in northern Italy on the road between Venice and Milan.
Romeo is a son of the house of Montague.
Juliette is a daughter of the house of Capulet.
Stéphano is Romeo’s page or assistant.
Mercutio is Romeo’s friend.
Frère Laurent is a Franciscan friar and Romeo’s confidant.
Metropolitan Opera’s Roméo et Juliette
This is Bartlett Sher’s 2016 adaptation.
Roméo et Juliette Cast
Spanish – Mexican opera legend Plácido Domingo conducts.
Soprano Ailyn Pérez (Chicago, Illinois) is Juliette. She won the Beverly Sills Award in 2016, and a Sphinx Medal of Excellence in 2017. Pérez has a Mexican heritage.
Mezzo – soprano Karine Deshayes (Rueil-Malmaison, France) is Stéphano.
Tenor Charles Castronovo (Queens, New York) is Roméo. Castronovo has an Italian – Ecuadorian heritage.
Baritone Joshua Hopkins (Pembroke, Canada) is Mercutio.
Bass Kwangchul Youn (Chung Ju, South Korea) is Frère Laurent.
Roméo et Juliette Performances
Monday, April 23 at 7:30 pm
Friday, April 27 at 8 pm
Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 5 at 1 pm
Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 12 at 1 pm
Roméo et Juliette Tickets
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