Vincenzo Bellini's take on the Romeo and Juliet story is unusual in that it's not primarily based on Shakespeare's tragedy, instead, it's deriving from an Italian novella. "The Capulets and the Montagues" was a runaway hit at its premiere, causing Bellini to dub the drama "Zaira's revenge," as much of its music was recycled from his opera "Zaira," which had failed less than a year earlier.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Bellini's "The Capulets and the Montagues" from the same theater that staged the opera's world premiere in 1830, La Fenice in Venice. The stars are soprano Jessica Pratt as Juliet, and mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi as Romeo -- one of the last major "trouser" roles ever composed, and one of the best. The production is led by conductor Omer Meir Wellber.
Juliet :Jessica Pratt (soprano)
Romeo: Sonia Ganassi (mezzo-soprano)
Tebaldo: Karl Rombo (tenor)
Lorenzo: Luca Dall'Amico (bass)
Capulet: Rubén Amoretti (bass)
La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus
Omer Meir Wellber, conductor