Roméo et Juliette

Shakespeare’s timeless tale, as told by German composer Boris Blacher in 1944, when he was ostracized by the Nazi regime. This chamber opera reminiscent of a Berlin cabaret show highlights the lovers’ ability to escape through fantasy on an incredibly poetic score. Unfairly forgotten, this minimalist work gives the Shakespearean text its full power, focusing on the themes of violence and dreams in the work’s key scenes. The result is an anti-romantic, dreamy, fascinating and radical Romeo & Juliette.

opera | music Boris Blacher – Chamber opera in three parts, composed in 1943, libretto Boris Blacher based on Shakespeare | musical director Emmanuel Calef | directed by Jean Lacornerie
With the Studio Opera singers and Lyon Opera musicians | set design Lisa Navarro | costumes Robin Chemin | lighting David Debrinay | choreography Raphaël Cottin | Running time 1h15 | French premiere February 2015 Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, Lyon

production: Opéra de Lyon | coproduction: Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, Lyon

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