Opéra de Paris

The Capulets and the Montagues

In Cinemas 17, 18 & 21 Dec 2022
Speranza Scappucci
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Ruth Iniesta (Giulietta), Anna Goryachova (Romeo), Jean Teitgen (Capellio), Francesco Demuro (Tebaldo), Krzysztof Bącyk (Lorenzo)
Vincenzo Bellini
Robert Carsen
Set Design
Michael Levine
2h44 including interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 29 Sep 2022
Official Event Listing
  • A triumphant rendition! Glorious bel canto singing. The phenomenal cast gives a gripping, energetic (and ceaselessly beautiful) performance of Bellini’s demanding score.
    Callum John Blackmore, PARTERRE

Opera in two acts (1830)

Robert Carsen’s celebrated staging returns to the Paris Opera, with a stellar cast.

Bellini’s take on the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story goes back, beyond Shakespeare, to the original Italian roots of the tale. In the very title chosen by Bellini, the families’ names have eclipsed those the star-crossed lovers, just as the conflict poisons their passion.

But the opera also revives a scene that Shakespeare omitted: when Juliet (Ruth Iniesta) awakens in the tomb, she and Romeo (Anna Goryachova) are permitted a brief exchange before succumbing to eternal sleep.

Carsen sets the lyrical expression of these inextricably entwined lives in an austere decor illuminated by ardent love. A love transcended by Bellini's tender, dreamlike score. Speranza Scappucci conducts.

Please note programme change: the previously billed Julie Fuchs was unable to perform in this production, and due to industrial action, the staging is being performed in concert version.

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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