Shakespeare reconfigured: Roméo et Juliette from the Met
Anyone who saw Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at Santa Fe Opera last summer will need no convincing about the exceptional beauty of the score as well as the elegance and stage-worthy savvy with which it refashions Shakespeare’s tale of young love impeded. Opera lovers can revisit it when the Metropolitan Opera beams it out live on its The Met: Live in HD series on Saturday, Jan. 21. Heading the cast are soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Vittorio Grigolo, but the roster also includes baritone Elliot Madore as Mercutio (a role he also portrayed here) and mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez as Stéphano (she appeared here last summer as Erika in Vanessa). The broadcast host will be Ailyn Pérez, who was Juliette at SFO. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the new Met production, which is directed by Bartlett Sher. The broadcast begins at 11 a.m. (with a recorded repeat at 6 that evening) at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. Tickets ($22-$28) are available by calling 505-988-1234 or through www.ticketssantafe.org. — J.M.K.
Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo