Roméo et Juliette

Roméo et Juliette
Capitol City Opera Company
through March 8, 2020

This is not exactly as the Bard may have seen it, but Charles Gounod was deeply moved and brought it to an operatic presentation in 1867 in Paris. So, while set in Italy, it is sung in French. This is not a dinner with a diva, but a full scale theatrical production at Oglethorpe’s Conant Performing Arts Center.

Michael Nutter directs a cast of more than two dozen players, with an orchestra under the baton of Michael Giel. In all there were more than 50 people involved in bringing this epic opera to the stage. Rachel Eve Holmes is Juliette and Michael Vavases is Roméo. August Bair is Mercutio and William Green is Tybalt. And if you recall your days in High School you know how the story goes, with some sleeping meds and how things wind up.

This is quite a production for this company and CCOC founder, Donna Angel, must be very proud of all that has been accomplished in the decades of work. The production is sponsored by Oglethorpe, runs about 2.5 hours and is easy to get to, plenty of parking and all seats with a good view, and English super-titles. If you like opera then be eager to attend even if you were recently at another opera; and if you are new to opera this is a good start.

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