Joost Milde

Roméo et Juliette

Opera Zuid
Sat 27 Nov ’21 20:00 - 22:29
Een hedendaagse versie
Sat 27 Nov ’21
20:00 - 22:29
  • Sat 27 Nov ’21
    20:00 - 22:29
    Pauze 20:58
    Hertog Jan Zaal

Charles Gounod based his opera Roméo et Juliette on the popular play by Shakespeare. This universal love story is interpreted in a contemporary style by director Julien Chavaz.

When Romeo and Juliet meet, it's love at first sight. But their rival families do everything they can to keep them apart. A battle that will ultimately drive the lovers to their deaths.

Opera Zuid, along with successful Swiss director Julien Chavaz and young Austrian conductor Philipp Pointner, once again opts for a fresh look at a classic story. With the South Netherlands Philharmonic.

For Chavaz, this opera is about the constant tension between public and private. “In the directing, we play with these different perspectives. One moment you are witnessing the two families fighting each other in public. Then there’s a switch to the intimate perspective of Romeo and Juliet, who meet in private.

The stage design is also guided by this change of perspective. “Like looking out the window one minute and surveying the entire city, and then peeking through a keyhole the next minute.”

In Roméo et Juliette, Chavaz creates a fantasy world with its own colors, rules and aesthetics, one that does not resemble ours. “It is an extremely exciting process that starts with a sketchbook in which I create a new world along with my set and costume designer.” Chavaz desires to see the body language of the singers fully connected to the music and script. “What I hear, I also want to see reflected in their bodies. This is the only way to get the energy across to the audience.

  • The opera is performed in French with Dutch subtitles

''de fabelachtige Emelianova zou iedere operaliefhebber live moeten horen.''

Volkskrant

Credits

Cast: Anna Emelianova (Juliette), Peter Gijsbertsen (Roméo), Maria Warenberg (Stéphano), Raphaele Green (Gertrude), Erik Slik (Tybalt), Jacques de Faber (Benvolio), Edwin Fardini (Mercutio), Rick Zwart (Pâris) , Huub Claessens (Frère Laurent), Marcel van Dieren (Capulet) | Directed by: Julien Chavaz | Musical direction: Philipp Pointner | Set design: Anneliese Neudecker | Costume design: Sanne Oostervink | Lighting design: Paul van Laak | Assistant conductor / choir director: Jori Klomp | Orchestra: South Netherlands Philharmonic