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Welcome! We’re thrilled you’re joining us at Opera at the Ballpark. We hope you enjoy this live simulcast of Gounod's Romeo and Juliet from the War Memorial Opera House stage.

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Schedule of Events

5:30pm Doors open
7:30pm Opera begins

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Synopsis

Despite a senseless conflict between their warring families, two young lovers commit to each other in life and death.

 

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CAST AND CREATIVE

CAST
Romeo Pene Pati
Juliet Nadine Sierra
Mercutio Lucas Meachem
Friar Lawrence James Creswell
Count Capulet Timothy Mix
Tybalt Daniel Montenegro
Duke of Verona Philip Skinner
Stephano Stephanie Lauricella *
Gertrude Eve Gigliotti *
Gregorio SeokJong Baek
Benvolio Christopher Oglesby
Paris Hadleigh Adams
CREATIVE
Conductor Yves Abel
Director Jean-Louis Grinda *
Associate Director Vanessa d’Ayral de Serignac *
Set Designer Eric Chevalier *
Costume Designer Carola Volles *
Lighting Designer Roberto Venturi *
Fight Director Dave Maier
Choreographer Lawrence Pech
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera debut

 Teatro Carlo Felice and Opéra de Monte-Carlo co-production.

 

Previous performances of Romeo and Juliet can be found in our Archive.

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PROGRAM ARTICLES

From Page to Opera Stage

All the world loves a lover, but some ages love lovers more than others do. For example, when Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was first performed in the mid-1590s, it would not have been difficult to find members of the audience who took a distinctly jaundiced view of Romeo and Juliet’s defiance of family interests and honor in order to satisfy their own romantic desires. Read more.

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

By 1867 Napoleon III’s Second Empire seemed to be approaching the glorious new future he had promised. Paris had been rebuilt by the indefatigable Baron Haussmann with grand new boulevards lined with trees and handsome buildings, the low-rise Paris that we know today. Read more.

Potion or Poison

“Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink—I drink to thee!” [SHE DRINKS, AND FALLS UPON HER BED WITHIN THE CURTAINS.] So ends the dramatic soliloquy Shakespeare gives his heroine as she steels herself for downing Friar Lawrence’s potion to give her the “borrowed likeness of shrunk death.” Read more.

 

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Backstage with General Director Matthew Shilvock

 

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REVIEWS

[Pene Pati’s] got a vigorous, full-bodied sound with a lustrous mid-range and glorious, perfectly placed top notes

— San Francisco Chronicle

Perhaps best of all, Pati… has that magical, indescribable charisma that radiates beyond the footlights

— San Francisco Chronicle

Soprano Nadine Sierra… tackled the glittering passagework and high-flying roulades with precision

— San Francisco Chronicle

Conductor Yves Abel and the Opera Orchestra rose superbly to their assignments

— San Francisco Chronicle

Baritone Lucas Meachem was a standout as Romeo’s fellow Montague Mercutio, sporting dramatic heft and robust resonance

— The San Francisco Examiner

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