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, 15 minutes, including 2 intermissions
Rated PG


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.


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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 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. 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.