Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet

Saturday 19 October at 7:30pm and Sunday 20 October at 3pm

Following on from their extremely successful and internationally applauded 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 record breaking 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.
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