New-to-Chicago Production Romeo and Juliet

By Charles Gounod

  • Language - In French with projected English titles
  • Running Time - 3 hours 5 minutes including 1 intermission

He's a Montague and she's a Capulet — families who have hated each other for centuries. Yet when Romeo meets Juliet, they fall instantly and rapturously in love. Secretly, they marry — but Shakespeare's famed young couple is ultimately doomed. Everything that could have been is lost as they die tragically in each other's arms.

The world's most celebrated love story finds new dimension in Gounod's deeply romantic music. This is passion personified, from tender intimacy to ecstatic grandeur, including five iconic love duets and soaring music for the chorus and orchestra. With her "exquisite" voice of "purity and bloom" (The New York Times) Susanna Phillips will be a Juliet to remember, while Joseph Calleja and Eric Cutler embody all the elegance and golden ardor that Romeo demands.

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This production of Romeo and Juliet was presented at Lyric February 22 – March 19, 2016. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Romeo and Juliet

by Charles Gounod

Warner Classics – Gheorghiu, Alagna, cond. Plasson

“Je veux vivre”
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“Ah, lève-toi, soleil”
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Romeo and Juliet

by Charles Gounod

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Romeo and Juliet Opera Synopsis

TIME: Renaissance 
PLACE: Verona, Italy 

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Go inside this production of Romeo and Juliet with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet The Artists

Joseph Calleja

Romeo (Feb 22-Mar 8)

Eric Cutler

Romeo (Mar 11-19)

Susanna Phillips


Joshua Hopkins


Christian Van Horn

Friar Laurence

Marianne Crebassa


Deborah Nansteel


Philip Horst


Jason Slayden


David Govertsen

Duke of Verona

Mingjie Lei


Takaoki Onishi


Anthony Clark Evans


Emmanuel Villaume


Bartlett Sher


Michael Yeargan

Set Designer

Catherine Zuber

Costume Designer

Jennifer Tipton

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Chase Brock


B.H. Barry

Fight Director

Lyric Opera presentation generously made possible by the NIB Foundation, Julie and Roger Baskes, Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell, and PowerShares QQQ.

Production owned by The Metropolitan Opera.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg