Met Opera’s ‘Roméo et Juliette’ stars Ailyn Pérez and Charles Castronovo

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.

Charles Gounod

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

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

Placído Domingo

Spanish – Mexican opera legend Plácido Domingo conducts.

Ailyn Pérez

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.

Karine Deshayes

Mezzo – soprano Karine Deshayes (Rueil-Malmaison, France) is Stéphano.

Charles Castronovo

Tenor Charles Castronovo (Queens, New York) is Roméo. Castronovo has an Italian – Ecuadorian heritage.

Joshua Hopkins

Baritone Joshua Hopkins (Pembroke, Canada) is Mercutio.

Kwangchul Youn

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

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