Gounod's Romeo et Juliette

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Vittorio Grigolo star as the world’s most famous lovers in Gonoud’s Roméo et Juliette. Placido Domingo conducts an otherwise heavily Russian cast that includes Vitalij Kowaljow as Friar Laurence, Vladimir Chernov, as Count Capulet and Alexey Sayapin as Tybalt. Grigolo made his LA Opera debut in this production by Ian Judge.

CAST:

Juliette    Nino Machaidze
Romeo    Vittorio Grigolo
Mercutio   Museop Kim
Frere Laurent   Vitalij Kowaljow
Count Capulet   Vladimir Chernov
Tybalt    Alexey Sayapin
Duke of Verona  Philip Cokorinos
Stephano   Renée Rapier
Gertrude   Ronnita Nicole Miller
Gregorio   Michael Dean
Benvolio   Ben Bliss
Count Paris   Daniel Armstrong
Frere Jean   Erik Anstine

CONDUCTOR:  Placido Domingo
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Ian Judge
LA OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER:  Grant Gerson

Approx Length:  3 hours 15 minutes

Comments [5]

concetta nardone from Nassu

Beautifully done balcony scene. Grigolo did a fine job as Romeo. What gorgeous music. Bravo to Placido.
Thanks for the poem, Mr. Eisenberg.
Listening with rapt attention to the wedding ceremony, one of the most beautiful in opera. I must be getting soft.

Jul. 28 2012 02:17 PM
Michael Chang from Garrison New York

I'm listening now...what a lovely performance - beautiful singing of some of the most glorious and delicious melodies in all of opera.

Jul. 28 2012 02:10 PM
Larry Eisenberg from new york city

I do, you know, admire Guonod,
From whom lovely melodies grow,
And the Leads here are great,
May applause ne'er abate,
Well conducted by a fine Maestro!

Jul. 28 2012 02:04 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau county

The opening and closing music of the balcony scene is gorgeous. Romeo closes the aria with the phrase "And may the breeze bring you a kiss." I think that is what the translation is. Also the trio from the wedding is truly lovely. See, I am not just a nasty old woman. Occasionally I can be quite the romantic. So there.

Jul. 28 2012 10:04 AM
Concetta nardone from Nassau county

This is a beautiful opera. Glad to see that Chernov is still alive and singing. And Grigolo is a really adorable tenorino. Saw him about two months ago in a telecast from Italian tv from the theatre in Verona. Ugh. He shared the show with Justin Bieber. Both of them are so CUTE.

Jul. 28 2012 09:41 AM

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