Romeo and Juliet
June 27 & 29, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Sung in French with projected translation
Performance Length: 3 hours, 15 minutes, including 2 intermissions
These violent delights have violent ends.
Only a teenager, Juliet’s world was tightly controlled and so, so small. There were parties, to be sure, but she chafed against the domineering love of her parents, her cousin, her nurse. Then suddenly, there was Romeo! Like a dream of love come to life—and forbidden.
The faithful operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s eternal drama comes to life in a “sparkling and stylish” new production with “captivating visuals” (Twin Cities Arts Reader). Charles Gounod’s soaring melodies marry beautifully with the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers, featuring spectacular soloists as the famed couple. Cincinnati Opera favorite Nicole Cabell returns to bring her “faultlessly gleaming soprano” (Financial Times) to the role of Juliet, and rising star Matthew White sings Romeo in his company debut.
Cast & Creative Team
Romeo Matthew White
Juliet Nicole Cabell
Mercutio Hadleigh Adams
Friar Laurent Kenneth Shaw
Count Capulet Thomas Dreeze
Tybalt Piotr Buszewski
Duke of Verona Vernon Hartman
Stephano Reilly Nelson
Gertrude Catherine Keen
Gregorio Phillip Bullock
Benvolio Darian Clonts
Count Paris Simon Barrad
Conductor Ramón Tebar
Stage Director Matthew Ozawa
Scenic Designer William Boles
Costume Designer Sarah Bahr
Lighting Designer Thomas C. Hase
Wig & Make-up Designer James Geier
Chorus Master Henri Venanzi
Choreographer Oğulcan Borova
Fight Director Gina Cerimele-Mechley
A co-production of Minnesota Opera and Cincinnati Opera. Scenery and costumes constructed by Minnesota Opera and Cincinnati Opera.
Meet the Composer
Charles-François Gounod had a particularly strong influence on French composers from the middle of the 19th century. He achieved considerable success in the theatre, particularly with the opera Faust in 1859, but the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and a period spent in England brought a largely unprofitable interruption.
“Musical ideas sprang to my mind like a flight of butterflies, and all I had to do was to stretch out my hand to catch them.”
Enhance your Romeo and Juliet knowledge with a pre-curtain lecture one hour before each performance in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all ticket holders. No reservations required.