Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet

Following their extremely successful and internationally recognised production of Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers in October 2018, Arcadian Opera will this year perform Gounod’s beautiful opera Romeo and Juliet.

Although often overlooked owing to Gounod’s more famous opera Faust, written the previous year, his rarely performed Romeo and Juliet has exquisite music and is a mesmerising vehicle for the age old Italian story that Shakespeare made so famous. The opera libretto keeps closely to Shakespeare’s story with the addition of a trouser role – a popular theatrical conceit of the time.

Once again Arcadian Opera have employed established professional singers to sing the demanding lead roles in the opera and they will be accompanied by the Arcadian Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Although current productions of Romeo and Juliet are more often than not updated, the set and costumes designed by Stage Director Ali Marshall, put the action back in the wild and dangerous times of fifteenth century Italy, when gang warfare was also a fact of life.

Under the baton of Music Director Justin Lavender, the performances are bound to move and thrill audiences of all ages and form a lasting impression of the beauty of this wonderful opera.

We very pleased to announce the list of successful applicants from the very long list of extremely talented singers who auditioned for us and very much look forward to working with them on this wonderful production.

We look forward to working with them in October.

Romeo – William Branston

Juliet – Charlotte Hoather

Stephano- Elouise Waterhouse

Gertrude – Gemma Morsley

Mercutio – James Gribble

Tybalt – James Hutchings

Paris – Matthew Clark

Capulet – Richard Woodall

Friar Lawrence – Tobias Odenwald

and a guest appearance by Adrian Clarke as The Duke