Charles Gounod’s opera Roméo et Juliette will be broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera on January 21, 2017 in over 35 cinemas in Poland.
First performed at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris in 1867, Gounod’s opera was written to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. Although its plot is based on The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, it provides a slight shift of focus away from the word games of the original play and a greater focus on the two lovers, who are given four duets, including a brief final reunion in the tomb scene that does not appear in the play. The Met’s production moves the action to the 18th century. The performance cast includes such artists as Diana Damrau (Juliette), Vittorio Grigolo (Roméo), Elliot Madore (Mercutio) and Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).
The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season, the 50th anniversary of its home at Lincoln Center, features 225 opera performances of 26 operas in a varied repertory that ranges from 18th century masterpieces to one of the most acclaimed operas in recent years. The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world, continues for its 11th season and includes the broadcast of 10 performances from the season.
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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.