Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Libretto: Jules Barbier & Michel Carré
Orchestra, Coro e Corpo di Ballo della Fondazione Arena di Verona
- Conductor : FABIO MASTRANGELO
- Stage Director : FRANCESCO MICHELI
Here the iconic Verona opera – and Charles Gounod’s masterpiece –makes a superb comeback in the majestic setting of the Arena di Verona.
‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ had not been performed in the Arena since 1977. The new production was entrusted to Italian director Francesco Micheli, who opted for a personal, highly original version: “An arena within the Arena, like a blood-red Elizabethan theatre. A senescent world that will not let its own children live.”
Juliette is sung by Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze, in a return to one of her early roles at the Salzburg Festival. Stefano Secco, often heard at the Opéra Bastille in Paris and other international venues, is Roméo. Artur Rucinski interprets Mercutio, Romeo’s friend and the rival of Jean-François Borras’s Tybalt. The page Stéphano is sung by soprano Ketevan Kemoklidze.
The Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena di Verona are conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo.