Romeo and Juliet by Christian Spuck, music by Prokofiev

William Moore (Romeo), Katja Wünsche (Juliet), Daniel Mulligan (Mercutio), Cristian Alex Assis (Tybalt) — Ballett Zürich

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Christian Spuck — Choreographer
Christian Schmidt — Stage design
Emma Ryott — Costumes
Reinhard Traub — Lighting
Michael Küster — Dramaturgy
William Moore — Romeo
Katja Wünsche — Juliet
Manuel Renard — Lord Capulet
Eva Dewaele — Lady Capulet
Cristian Alex Assis — Tybalt
Daniel Mulligan — Mercutio
Christopher Parker — Benvolio
Tars Vandebeek — Paris
Filipe Portugal — Friar Laurence
Viktorina Kapitonova — The Nurse
Ballett Zürich

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It is the most famous love story in Western literature, told and retold countless times at the opera, ballet, theatre, and cinema—and Sergei Prokofiev’s 1938 Romeo and Juliet has proved a particularly enduring and adaptable setting for the beloved Shakespearean tragedy. The score, lively and ebullient, foreboding and heartrending, is a choreographer’s dream, and Ballett Zürich’s artistic director Christian Spuck’s version proves that the time-worn stories we know by heart still have much to tell us.

Set designer Christian Schmidt’s elegant, wide-open stage allows the dancers to flourish, and they more than rise to the occasion under Spuck’s direction: Bachtrack applauds Daniel Mulligan’s “brilliantly danced” Mercutio, the “superbly noble” Christian Alex Assis as Tybalt, and—most crucially—William Moore and Katja Wünsche as the star-crossed title pair, who “couldn’t have been more convincing.” The sublimely graceful dancing and impeccable acting are complemented by Maestro Michail Jurowski and the Philharmonia Zürich, who highlight the rapturous melodies, contrasting colors, and shifting moods of Prokofiev's masterpiece.

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Directed by:
Michael Beyer
Venue: Zürich Opera House (Zurich, Switzerland)
Production date: 2020
Recording date: 22 June 2019
Duration: 2 h 6 min
Production: © Accentus Music
Resolution: Full HD