Romeo & Juliet

Charles Gounod

Shakespeare’s immortal tale

Two young lovers, their relationship forbidden by clannish feuding, sacrifice everything to be together. French composer Charles Gounod gives a decidedly sumptuous, 19th-century spin to Shakespeare’s classic tale of passion and tragedy.

Preliminary runtime of 2 hours and 59 minutes, including one intermission.

Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage.


“… eye-filling and smart, with some seriously gutsy singing.”

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  • Synopsis

    In the grand hall of the Capulet palace, party guests assemble for Juliette’s debut as her cousin Tybalt and her suitor Pâris praise her beauty. Capulet presents his daughter to everyone’s delight. The crowd includes a disguised Roméo, Mercutio, Benvolio and others associated with the Montagues. Mercutio chides his friend’s melancholy, for Roméo’s romantic pursuit of the fair Rosaline has yielded nothing – she is not at the party.

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  • Composer Biography

    Charles-François Gounod emerged as one of the leading figures in French music during the latter part of the 19thcentury. Although the composer never achieved the titanic stature of Wagner or Verdi, Gounod’s opera Faust has rivaled some of their most successful works in popularity.

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