Montreal Opera presents Roméo and Juliette – The most famous love story
Montreal Opera presents Roméo and Juliette – From the time it was first told, the tragic story of the forbidden love between Romeo and Juliet, two young lovers from rival families, has enchanted audiences the world over and inspired a multitude of literary, stage, film and, of course, operatic adaptations. By far the most popular version, Roméo et Juliette by Charles-François Gounod, offers a powerful and captivating interpretation of the story—presented here in sets, designed by Claude Girard, that have travelled the world.
Tenor Ismael Jordi (Roméo), who is making his debut at our company, and coloratura soprano Marie-Ève Munger (Juliette) will join together to bring our production to life, building on their successful careers, which have already seen them appear on major European and American stages. A native of the Saguenay region, Marie-Ève Munger has quickly gone on to become one of the most highly sought-after singers in France—she is a member of the Théâtre National de l’Opéra Comique’s new Troupe Favart in Paris and is a regular guest of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence—while also making her debuts at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and at the Minnesota Opera. Spanish singer Ismael Jordi has been praised for his impeccable technique, his refined performances, and his rich voice: he appears at some of the most prestigious companies in Europe, including the Royal Opera House (London), Teatro San Carlo (Naples), La Fenice (Venice), the Deutsche Oper (Berlin), and the Opéra de Paris.
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Ismael Jordi and Marie-Ève Munger have already enjoyed great success on the international scene for their performances in the title roles of this opera—the Toledo Blade described Munger’s Juliette as “in short, perfection.” Appearing alongside the two leads will be another rising opera star, Quebec baritone Hugo Laporte—a “prodigious baritone” who “fills the entire stage with his charisma” (L’Opéra)—in the role of Mercutio. Current and former artists-in-residence from the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal complete the first-rate cast: Katie Miller is young page Stéphano; Alexandra Beley is Gertrude, Juliette’s nurse; Alexandre Sylvestre is Count Capulet, Juliette’s father; Scott Brooks is the Duke of Verona; Alain Coulombe is Frère Laurent; Sebastian Haboczki is Tybalt, Juliette’s cousin; Max Van Wyck is Grégorio, the Capulets’ valet; Rocco Rupolo is Roméo’s friend Benvolio; and Nathan Keoughan is Paris, a young count. The Orchestre Métropolitain and the Opéra de Montréal Chorus will bring out every nuance in Gounod’s score under the “expert baton” (Il giornale di Vicenza, July 8, 2013) of Giuliano Carella. Tom Diamond, one of the most sought-after opera directors in North America, brings us his very first staging of Roméo et Juliette.