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Over the centuries, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has inspired many kinds of music, and on this week’s WCPE Opera House, I’ll be presenting Charles Gounod’s beautiful setting of this tragic story of star-crossed teenaged lovers in fourteenth-century Verona, Italy. Roméo et Juliette was first performed at Paris’s Théâtre-Lyrique Impérial du Châtelet on April 27, 1867. One of Gounod’s most successful works, it contains some of his most beautiful and melodious music—even if Jules Barbier and Michel Carré’s libretto makes a travesty of Shakespeare’s original play.

In Renaissance Verona, Juliette (soprano Angela Gheorghiu) meets and falls in love with Roméo (tenor Roberto Alagna) at a masked ball given by her father Capulet (bass Alain Fondary), unaware that he is a member of the rival Montague family. Roméo escapes when recognized by Juliette’s cousin Tybalt (tenor Daniel Galvez Vallejo) but returns to serenade her under her balcony. The next day Frère Laurent (bass-baritone José Van Dam), hoping for peace between the warring families, secretly marries the young couple.

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WCPE Education Fund


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The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2017-18 Season

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions; and performances of Verdi’s towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem.

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