Romeo and Juliet

June 27 & 29, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Music Hall

Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

Sung in French with projected translation
Performance Length: 3 hours, including 1 intermission
Rated PG

Did my heart love till now?

He’s a Montague, she’s a Capulet. Romeo and Juliet are madly in love, but their families’ feud threatens to tear them apart. Determined to be together till death, the star-crossed lovers decide to take fate into their own hands.

Charles Gounod’s classic operatic telling of Shakespeare’s eternal drama comes to life in a “sparkling and stylish” new production with “captivating visuals” (Twin Cities Arts Reader). Gounod’s soaring melodies marry beautifully with the timeless romantic tragedy, 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.


Cincinnati Business Courier
“You couldn’t tear your eyes away.” Read the review.

Jay Harvey Upstage
“Characteristic sweetness, stageworthy majesty and forthright lyricism” Read the review.

Rafael’s Music Notes
“With a perfectly cast and staged Romeo and Juliet…Cincinnati Opera once more reasserts itself as one of the top companies in North America.” Read the review.

“Ô nuit divine”

Video: Romeo Meets Juliet


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
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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 Gounod

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.”

Learn More

Opera Insights
Enhance your Romeo and Juliet knowledge with a pre-curtain lecture one hour before each performance in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. Cincinnati Opera Managing Director Chris Milligan provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all ticket holders. No reservations required.