Romeo and Juliet

February 22. 2016 - March 19. 2016

Upcoming Dates

February 22. 2016 - March 19. 2016

New-to-Chicago Production Romeo and Juliet


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.

  • Language: In French with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 3 hours 5 minutes including 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Romeo and Juliet

by Charles Gounod

Warner Classics – Gheorghiu, Alagna, cond. Plasson
Warner Classics is the Official Education and Promotion Music Provider of Lyric Opera.

“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 W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

© 2015/16 Lyric Opera Commentaries
Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Classics. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.
A project of the Women’s Board.

Romeo and Juliet Opera Synopsis

TIME: Renaissance 
PLACE: Verona, Italy 

Program book

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

* Lyric debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumnus
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Lyric Opera presentation generously made possible by the NIB FoundationJulie and Roger BaskesMr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell, and PowerShares QQQ.

Production owned by The Metropolitan Opera.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg