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Roméo et Juliette

Music by Charles Gounod

Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

Based on the tragedy by Shakespeare

University Opera Theatre • University Symphony Orchestra

Sung in French with projected English translations

November 10-13, 2016Power Center


Staying faithful to Shakespeare’s play, the opera heightens focus on the two young lovers. A chance encounter. A meeting of eyes. Love at first sight. Two young people, kept apart by their feuding families, decide to take fate into their own hands and pursue their love. Married in secret, they hope to end their families’ enmity through their union. But circumstances conspire to thwart their efforts as missed chances, poor timing, and mistakes prevent the lovers from finding happiness.

Featuring some of Shakespeare’s most vivid poetry and quoted lines, this famous tale has fascinated audiences for 400 years and has inspired countless adaptations including West Side Story. Eight years after his initial opera success with Faust, French composer Charles Gounod paired again with librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré to create Roméo et Juliette. Gounod’s poignant score features passionate love duets and exquisite solos, such as Juliette’s “Je veux vivre” and Roméo’s “Ah, lève-toi, soleil,” in one of the most beautiful works of French lyrique drama style. The opera debuted in Paris in 1867 and was part of New York’s Metropolitan Opera’s debut season in 1884. From dramatic swordplay to rousing choruses and tender intimate moments, Roméo et Juliette is the ultra-romantic love story of two young lovers swept along by fate.




Artistic Staff


Director Paul Curran
Conductor Martin Katz
Scenic Designer Peter Harrison
Costume Designer Jessica Hahn
Lighting Designer Ken Smith
Fight Choreographer Robert Najarian
Stage Manager Kelsy Durkin


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower