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The Atlanta Opera presents Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette

To close its 2015-16 season, The Atlanta Opera tipped its hat to French Grand opera and unveiled a star-studded production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette this past Saturday. While all opera is dependent on singers of not only extraordinary technical pedigree but also of a musical understanding of how language informs declamation, Grand French opera relies on the latter more heavily so, making Romeo et Juliette notoriously difficult to cast.   The Atlanta Opera’s first production, which hailed back to 2007, is fondly remembered as an uneven yet valiant effort at revealing the work’s hidden charms. The company’s current effort shares a similar evaluation.

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Acrobats entertain a crowd of Capulets in the Atlanta Opera’s production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. Photo by Jeff Roffman.

 

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