Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (Blu-Ray) – Aida Garifullina, Saimir Pirgu

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Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (Blu-Ray) – Aida Garifullina, Saimir Pirgu

Composer: Charles Gounod
Artists: Aida Garifullina, Saimir Pirgu, Susanne Resmark, David Alegret, Beñat Egiarte, Gabriel Bermúdez, Isaac Galán, Tara Erraught, Germán Olvera, Rubén Almoretti, Nicola Ulivieri, Stefano Palatchi, Dimitar Darlev, Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor: Josep Pons
Director: Stephen Lawless
Video Format: 1080i 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region: All Regions
Language: French
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Catalan, Korean, Japanese
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: C Major
Release Date: September 22, 2023
Run Time: 150 minutes

Charles Gounod is one of the great representatives of French lyric drama, and due to his famous aria “Je veux vivre,” ravishing melodies, magical duets, and the unique ballet scene in Act IV, Roméo et Juliette continues to gain much popularity. 

This production by Stephen Lawless for the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona places the drama during the American Civil War and “successfully creates a dignified and logical background to the ongoing story that is brought to life by near-faultless performers” (Metropolitan Barcelona).

“Saimir Pirgu and Aida Garifullina mesmerize as the tragic lovers.” (Euronews)

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Gounod's Roméo et Juliette

Perhaps the most enduringly successful of the many operatic settings of the world’s consummate love story, Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects. In the opera there is a slight shift of focus away from the word games of the original play and a greater focus on the two lovers, who are given four irresistible duets, including a brief final reunion in the tomb scene that does not appear in the play.
World premiere: Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, 1867.

Charles Gounod (1818–1893) showed early promise as a musician and achieved commercial success with his opera Faust in 1859. Among his most famous works is a setting of the Ave Maria based on a piece by J. S. Bach.

In Shakespeare’s lifetime, Italy was a land of many small city-states in constant warfare with one another, but this same country was also the cradle of the Renaissance, with its astounding explosion of art and science. The image invoked by the story’s setting in the ancient city of Verona, then, is a beautiful but dangerous world where poetry or violence might erupt at any moment. The Met’s new production moves the action to the 18th century.



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