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(Boston, Mass.) – For its second opera of the spring season, the Boston University Opera Institute will present Charles Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. The opera is produced as a collaboration between Boston University’s School of Music and its School of Theatre Arts. Performances run on the Boston University Theatre mainstage April 16 through April 19.
Guest director James Marvel stage directs this production. William Lumpkin, Music Director for the Opera Institute, conducts. The opera will be performed in French with English supertitles by School of Music faculty member Allison Voth. Scenic, costume and lighting design are by School of Theatre Arts students Eric Allgeier, Carlos Romay and Mark Lanks, respectively. Huntington Theatre Company staff and the School of Theatre Arts’ professional faculty provide support in all design and technical production areas.
Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo et Juliette brings to life the tale of an age-old feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, two noble families living in 14th century Verona. Conflict develops when Romeo, a Montague, and Juliette, a Capulet, fall in love. After the two exchange vows, a fight ensues between the Montagues and the Capulets in which Romeo’s friend, Mercutio, is killed by Juliette’s cousin, Tybalt. Distraught over the loss of his friend, Romeo murders Tybalt and as a result, is forced into exile. In the meantime, in order to avoid going through with the marriage her father has arranged for her, Juliette takes a sleeping potion to feign her own death. Romeo sees her and in despair takes poison, only to see Juliette awaken. They hail a new life, but Romeo soon falters. He bids farewell to the frantic girl, who grasps his dagger and stabs herself.
Romeo et Juliette is an opera in five acts, with a libretto written by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. The first performance was at the Théâtre Lyrique on April 27, 1867.
Performances of Romeo et Juliette will be held at the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue in Boston, on:
•Friday, April 16 at 8:00pm
•Saturday, April 17, 8:00pm
•Sunday, April 18, 2:00pm
•Monday, April 19, 7:30pm
Tickets are $15 and $10 general admission; $10 and $8 BU alumni and Huntington Theatre Company subscribers; $5 students and senior citizens. Tickets are on sale now. Call the Boston University Theatre Box Office at 617/266-0800. Please note, for Boston University students, faculty and staff: One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
The School of Theatre Arts will present a non-musical production of Romeo and Juliet on the Boston University Theatre mainstage from April 28 through May 2. Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts’ and School of Music’s deliberate choice to stage two productions of this work in the spring semester allows the actors from the School of Theatre Arts to observe singers working with the composer’s style, prescribed phrasing, melodic and rhythmic structure in rehearsal and the singers from the opera programs to draw upon the actors’ style of expressing the emotion of the text. This cross-disciplinary approach will offer the students a much broader experience with the work, and the public the opportunity to see Shakespeare’s legendary play presented in two completely unique ways within weeks of each other.
About Boston University Opera Programs
The Opera Institute and Opera Workshops are the two programs offered by the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. The programs are led by Director of Opera Programs Sharon Daniels, Music Director and Conductor William Lumpkin, Artistic Advisor Phyllis Curtin, Principal Coach Allison Voth, Coach Jeffrey Stevens, and distinguished members of School of Music and School of Theatre Arts faculty, professional guest artists, directors, master class teachers and staff.
The Opera Institute, founded in 1987 by Dean Emerita Phyllis Curtin, is a non-degree professional training program for the advanced singer preparing for an operatic career. Twelve singers, chosen by international search and national audition, are given free tuition and stipends for an innovative two-year residency of professional, performance-based training that provides the crucial transition between academic training and professional career.
The Opera Workshops operate at two levels. The Opera Theatre is open to 15 to 20 advanced singers selected by audition from voice degree programs at Boston University. Participants must have mastered a beginning level of acting and vocal skill and demonstrate true operatic potential. These students interact on a daily basis with members of the Opera Institute, receiving acting and movement training and participating in scene work. They are eligible to audition for, and are often selected as, principals and ensemble members in productions. The Opera Workshop is open to 12-15 singers with true operatic talent who are in need of refinement of skills. They receive acting and movement training and performance, and often serves as ensemble for the Mainstage productions.
Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts education along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity. For further information about upcoming opera performances and other events at the Boston University College of Fine Arts visit www.bu.edu/cfa.