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Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette”

The Metropolitan Opera presents Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, first performed in Paris in 1867. Although the libretto is mostly faithful to the Shakespeare tragedy on which it was based, its authors took the liberty of keeping Roméo alive long enough in the tomb scene to sing the opera’s fourth and final duet with Juliette when she awakens from her drug-induced sleep. Staged by the Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher, this production also transports the action from 14th- to 18th-century Verona. With Bryan Hymel and Ailyn Pérez in the title roles and Plácido Domingo conducting. In French with English titles.