Shake­speare re­con­fig­ured: Roméo et Juli­ette from the Met

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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

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