Opera

Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Allex Aguilera (stage director), Maurizio Benini (conductor) — With Rosa Feola (Giulietta), Raffaella Lupinacci (Romeo), Roberto Lorenzi (Capellio) …

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Cast

Allex Aguilera — Stage director, set designer

Françoise Raybaud — Costumes

Luis Perdiguero — Lighting

Arnaud Pottier — Video

Rosa Feola — Giulietta

Raffaella Lupinacci — Romeo

Roberto Lorenzi — Capellio

Maxim Mironov — Tebaldo

Adolfo Corrado — Lorenzo

Chorus of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

Orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

Maurizio Benini — Conductor

Program notes

In this new production from the prestigious Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, meet the star-crossed lovers like you haven't seen them before! After the failure of his opera Zaira in 1829, bel canto master Vincenzo Bellini found himself in need of a critical and popular success to restore his good name. With just six weeks before the Carnival season at Venice's famed La Fenice in 1830, he set about creating a new opera (with repurposed music from Zaira) based on Romeo and Juliet — not the Shakespeare play, but the Italian novella from 1524 that had inspired the Bard, with more than a few differences in plot — and found international renown once again with I Capuleti e i Montecchi!

In fair 13th-century Verona we find Giulietta, betrothed to Tebaldo, who falls in love with Romeo — but the star-crossed lovers come from warring political factions, the Guelps and Ghibellines, and their love threatens to make hostilities boil over… With an "infinitely moving" Rosa Feola as Giulietta and "magnificent" Raffaella Lupinacci as Romeo (Bachtrack), the stripped-down but striking staging by Allex Aguilera provides a perfect backdrop for Bellini's gorgeous melodies, performed by the impeccable house ensembles and conducted by bel canto expert Maurizio Benini.

Photo © Jonathan Berger / Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

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