Opera Romeo and Juliet
Tuesday 27 February 2018, 19H:00

Romeo and Juliet


The most famous love story in literature has been turned into the most faithful likeness to the original tragedy by Shakespeare thanks to the talent of Charles Gounod, one of the great representatives of French lyric drama. Roméo et Juliettereturns to the stage of the Gran Teatre del Liceu after a 32-year absence. This co-production with the Santa Fe Opera is conducted by Josep Pons, and co-stars Saimir Pirgu and Aida Garifullina. Stephen Lawless’s staging locates the original action in the context of the American Civil War (1861-1865). The lovers live in a mausoleum, as a prefiguration that will fatally condition their destiny from the very start of their infatuation.

Opera in five acts (1867)
Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
After Shakespeare

Conductor: Josep Pons
Director : Stephen Lawless
Sets and costumes designs: Ashley Martin Davis
Lighting design: Mimi Jordan Sherin
Choreography: Nicola Bowie
Chorus master: José Luis Basso

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona

Juliette, Aida Garifullina
Stéphano, Tara Erraught
Roméo, Saimir Pirgu
Tybalt, David Alegret
Benvolio, Beñat Egiarte
Mercutio, Gabriel Bermúdez
Pâris, Issac Galán
Gregorio, Germán Olvera
Le comte Capulet, Ruben Amoretti
Frère Laurent, Nicola Ulivieri

Le Duc, Stefano Palatchi
3:00 including one interval
Performed in French, with English subtitles