Wiener Konzerthaus

Roméo et Juliette

Photo of the entrance to Halls F and G in the MuseumsQuartier
© WienTourismus/Paul Bauer
Photo of the entrance to Halls F and G in the MuseumsQuartier

Drame lyrique in five acts
Libretto by Jules Barbler and Michel Carré
in French with German and English surtitles

Premiere: February 23, 2024

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Conductor: Kirill Karabits
Director: Marie-Eve Signeyrole


"It was the nightingale and not the lark." This sentence, perhaps the most famous line in perhaps the most famous love story ever written, also found its way into Charles Gounod’s opera about Romeo and Juliet which first enthralled an audience at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1867. In the 19th century, all of France was in the grip of a veritable Shakespeare craze, and it was only a matter of time before the successful team of Gounod and Barbier & Carré turned their attention to one of the Bard’s dramas. The result was without doubt the most passionate adaptation of the tale with no fewer than four big love duets – no mean feat considering how many times the piece has been adapted, especially for the big screen, with visuals that range from the romantic to the hypermodern. And the work of director Marie-Eve Signeyrole also shows cinematic influences: right from the start, her career has often found her behind the camera. Consequently, she adds live video clips to her opera productions, presenting intense emotions with no need for grand gestures.

Venue

MusikTheater an der Wien in the MuseumsQuartier Halle E

Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien

Current Dates

  • Fri. 23 Feb 2024, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 25 Feb 2024, 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 28 Feb 2024, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 01 Mar 2024, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Mar 2024, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 05 Mar 2024, 7 p.m.