Roméo et Juliette

Music Charles Gounod → Opéra in fünf Akten

Cast 22.01.2017

Conductor Plácido Domingo
Director Jürgen Flimm
Set and lighting design Patrick Woodroffe
Costume Design Birgit Hutter
Movement director Renato Zanella
Juliette, Tochter Capulets Aida Garifullina
Roméo Juan Diego Flórez
Mercutio Gabriel Bermúdez
Frère Laurent Dan Paul Dumitrescu
Stéphano Rachel Frenkel
Gertrude Rosie Aldridge
Tybalt Carlos Osuna
Paris Igor Onishchenko
Grégorio Ayk Martirossian
Capulet Wolfgang Bankl
Le Duc Alexandru Moisiuc


Of the many musical scores set to »Romeo and Juliet«, Charles Gounod's immediately successful five-act opera is one of the most popular and coincidentally delicate: the composer deliberately dispensed with having a plenitude of catching mass scenes, as was customary in the grand opéra, and instead wrote four chamber-like orchestrated lyrical duets for the protagonists to form the backbone of the plot with their intersecting memory motifs. Because Gounod staged Roméo et Juliette at various Parisian opera houses, he had to adapt the work several times according to the specifications of each stage. The Vienna State Opera uses lighting design precisely tailored to the music instead of a built stage set, with the usually performed version being the one created in 1888 for the opéra. The light follows the course of the music, reacts to the slightest dynamic, harmonic or agogic turn, to every change in tempo, to every emotional transformation, and can thus visually reproduce and interpret the richness of the score.