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Romeo et Juliette (The Royal Opera)
     

Romeo et Juliette (The Royal Opera)

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Director: Roberto Alagna, Leontina Vaduva, François Le Roux, Robert Lloyd

Cast: Roberto Alagna, Leontina Vaduva, François Le Roux, Robert Lloyd

 
William Shakespeare's tragic drama of doomed love between two young people was brought to the classical stage in Gounod's operatic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and vocalists Roberto Alagna and Leontina Vaduva bring the story to life in this production, recorded in 1994. Charles Mackerras conducts the orchestra of the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden, where

Overview

William Shakespeare's tragic drama of doomed love between two young people was brought to the classical stage in Gounod's operatic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and vocalists Roberto Alagna and Leontina Vaduva bring the story to life in this production, recorded in 1994. Charles Mackerras conducts the orchestra of the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden, where this performance was staged.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2001
UPC:
0032031149397
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kultur Video
Time:
2:51:00
Sales rank:
39,578

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Act I- Prologue: Vérine vit jadis deux families rivales [7:55]
2. Introduction: L'heure s'envole [10:10]
3. Récitatif: Enfin la place est libre, amis! [1:16]
4. Ballade de la reine Mab: Mab, la reine des mensonges [2:24]
5. Récitatif & Scène: Eh bien! que l'avertissement me vienne de Mab [3:53]
6. Ariette: Ah! Je veux vivre dans le rêve [3:38]
7. Récitatif: Le nom de cette belle enfant? [:31]
8. Madrigal: Ange adorable [4:42]
9. Finale: Quelqu'un! [5:56]
10. Act II- Entracte & Choeur: O nuit! sous tes ailes obscures [3:49]
11. Cavatine: L'amour, l'amour! Oui, son ardeur a troublé [5:25]
12. Scène & Choeurs: Hélas: moi, le hair! [8:51]
13. Duo: O nuit divine! je t'implore! [12:48]
14. Act III- Entracte & Scène: Mon Père! Dieu vous garde! [6:55]
15. Trio & Quatuor: Dieu qui fis l'homme à ton image! [6:17]
16. Chanson: Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maître! [4:02]
17. Finale: Ah! Ah! voici nos gens! [3:42]
18. Finale des duels: Que le diable [2:30]
19. Act IV- Duo: Va! je t'ai pardonné [12:53]
20. Quatuor: Ah! le ciel soit loué! [14:55]
21. Scène: Mon père! Tout m'accable! [5:45]
22. Scène & Air: Dieu! Quel frisson court dans mes veines! [5:46]
23. Finale: Ma fille, cède aux voeux [9:09]
24. Act V- Le sommeil de juliette [5:03]
25. Scène & Duo: C'est là...Salut! tombeau sombre et silencieux! [8:24]
26. Credits [12:33]

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Romeo et Juliette 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I much prefer seeing young singers in roles like these instead of 40- or 50-year-olds trying to act like teenagers. The leads Leontina Vaduva and Roberto Alagna play teenagers very well. Opera fans may not find their voices to be big enough, but you can't have everything. Francois Le Roux sings Mercutio, and Robert Lloyd is the friar. Charles Mackerras and the Royal Opera musicians make Gounod's music flow wonderfully. The sets and costumes are beautiful. The final scene is a heart-wrencher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a superb production, sumptuously staged and sung with passion throughout. The young Alagna sings beautifully with an exquisite sense of lyricism and dynamics. He won an Olivier award for his performance and it was well-deserved. Vaduva is a memorable Juliette: she captures the awkwardness and coltishness of an adolescent girl overcome with passion and not quite knowing how to handle it until it's too late. Their emotions are almost palpable and the final scene is truly heartwrenching. Both singers tend to veer slightly off pitch at times but hey, this is a live performance and I much prefer them to the CD versions. Francois Le Roux is a carefree, careless Mercutio and Anna Maria Panzerella gets the Wasted Mezzo award for her superb portrayal of the page Stephano. Nicolas Joel's direction never gets out line although there are some curious omissions (Mercutio asks Romeo, 'Why did you come between us?' in the duel scene; Romeo is at the other end of the stage.). Sir Charles Mackerras gives a lyrical and passionate account of the score. We discovered this video after a thoroughly disappointing production in Cincinnati and what a wonderful antidote it was. Don't waste your time on the one hour version that was shown in 2002 on PBS with Alagna and Gheorghiu--this is the real thing.