Juan Diego Flórez Stars in 'Romeo and Juliet' from Vienna

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Juan Diego Flórez performs live in The Greene Space (Janice Yi)

This week, World of Opera features Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez and Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka as the ill-fated young lovers in Gounod's Romeo and Juliet from the Vienna State Opera. Marco Armiliato conducts the starry production, staged on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Lisa Simeone hosts.

Though not the only operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, Gounod's version is the most widely performed in opera houses. (Though Leonard Bernstein's musical update in West Side Story and Bellini's The Capulets and the Montagues are also ). 

World of Opera airs Thursdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 1 pm on the Operavore stream.


Juliet: Marina Rebeka (soprano) 
Romeo: Juan Diego Flórez (tenor)
Friar Lawrence: Alexandru Moisiuc (bass)
Mercutio: Gabriel Bermúdez (baritone) 
Stéphano: Rachel Frenkel (soprano)
Count Capulet: Il Hong (bass)
Tybalt: Marian Talaba (tenor)
Gertrude: Carole Wilson (mezzo-soprano)
Duke of Verona: Viktor Shevchenko (bass)
Benvolio: Martin Müller (tenor) 

Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Marco Armiliato, conductor

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