Roméo et Juliette (2 DVD) - Villazón, Machaidze
Roméo et Juliette (2 DVD)
Composer: Charles Gounod
Release Date: January 2009
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra: Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg
Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Stage Direction: Bartlett Sher
Region: Region Free, Worldwide
The sensational hit of Salzburg’s 2008 festival season stars tenor Rolando Villazón in a stunning performance. Soprano Nino Machaidze, only 25 years old, burst upon the Salzburg stage with an emotionally vulnerable and vocally spectacular performance. With movie star good looks and a large, warm voice, Machaidze wowed the press and audiences alike.
Bonus materials includes “Salzburg Impressions—Behind the Scenes of Roméo et Juliette,” “Love and Death in Verona” and Villazón giving an introduction to the opera.
Roméo et Juliette
World premiere: Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, 1867. 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.
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