Première “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”

“Opera should evoke tears, which make people shudder and cause them to die through song.” This was how composer Vincenzo Bellini once described his artistic credo. When his adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet story, I Capuleti e i Montecchi is premièred on March 27 in the Nationaltheater – returning for the first time since its first performance here in 1834 – the magnetic power of this masterwork will put Munich audiences under its spell.

It will also mark French stage director Vincent Boussard’s first production at the Nationaltheater, with costumes by couturier Christian Lacroix. The musical direction has also been entrusted to a conductor of French origin, Canadian maestro Yves Abel. Vesselina Kasarova, one of the great mezzo sopranos of our time, will be returning to the Bavarian State Opera in the trouser role of Romeo, alongside Eri Nakamura as Giulietta.

A week before the première, on March 20, General Manager Nikolaus Bachler has invited the participating artists to an Introductory Matinee at the Nationaltheater. Besides Vincent Boussard, Yves Abel and production dramaturgist Rainer Karlitschek, the two stars of the production, Eri Nakamura and Vesselina Kasarova, have also confirmed their presence at this event to tell the audience about the concept of the new production.

But even now, you can see some photos of rehearsals on the Bavarian State Opera’s blog. Our house photographer, Wilfried Hösl, accompanied the stage director, the soloists and the chorus at stage rehearsals in the Nationaltheater, and, even before the opening night curtain, will give you a chance to get an impression of the production.

Introductory Matinee: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Sun, March 20, 2011, 11 a.m. t-i-c-k-e-t-s

Vincenzo Bellini
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Sun, March 27, 2011, 7 p.m. t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Wed, March 30, 2011, 7 p.m. t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Sun, April 03, 2011, 6 p.m. t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Wed, April 06, 2011, 7 p.m. t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Sat, April 09, 2011, 7 p.m. t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Tue, April 12, 2011, 7 p.m. t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Munich Opera Festival
Sun, July 24, 2011, 7.30 p.m. t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Fri, July 29, 2011, 7 p.m. t-i-c-k-e-t-s

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Kostümskizze von Christian Lacroix zu 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi'