Opera by Charles Gounod
Karlín Music Theatre |
190 minutes |
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In French. Czech and English subtitles
Romeo and Juliet. What is good and what is bad? On which side are you? What human qualities do they depict? What do you think love is and what are the consequences of love? Since its premiere at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris on 27 April 1867, Charles Gounod’s setting of the immortal story of the Verona lovers has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity.
The librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré did not draw upon Shakespeare directly but its French adaptation by the poet Gérard de Nerval. Hence, the action also contains a few situations not found in Shakespeare’s play, for instance, Juliet’s aria “Ah! Je veux vivre”, which Gounod additionally composed upon the request of the French soprano Marie Miolan-Carvalho, the first to portray the role.
Owing to Bedřich Smetana, a great champion of Gounod’s music, Romeo et Juliette got to Prague merely two years after its world premiere, and its Czech staging at the New Town Theatre, with Smetana conducting, was the very first in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The National Theatre first presented the opera on 6 January 1886, in Emanuel František Züngel’s Czech translation.
The immortal story of Romeo and Julie really captured us, especially with the outstanding vocals and orchestra. The setting is very modern yet it doesn´t interfere with the overall feeling. We are happy to recommend.
Take day-time trams Nos. 3, 8, 14 or 24, get off at the Bílá labuť stop and then walk towards the park and the City of Prague Museum, enter the metro underpass and exit in Křižíkova street.
Wonderful! Made our daughters 21st Birthday Celebration very special
We have seen operas around the world. This was one of the finest performances we have seen. Stage and scenery included.
It was a very nice and beautiful performance. Thank you!