I Capuleti e i Montecchi

I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Joyce DiDonato, Ekaterina Siurina I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Goran Jurić, Joseph Calleja, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Joyce DiDonato, Ekaterina Siurina
Vincenzo Bellini
Felice Romani

Tragedia lirica in two acts
The title is deceptive, because the names are the only things Bellini’s tragedia lirica from the year 1830 has in common with Shakespeare’s drama. There may still be the feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets, with their star-crossed offspring, but what Bellini and his librettist Felice Romani produced is a typically romantic tale of heroism, along the lines of Lord Byron’s epics, with a hero taking arms against restrictive social structures and remaining true to his emotional ideals as an outsider and a rebel.

Romeo is just such a rebel – not a tenor, but rather a mezzo-soprano, with no interest whatsoever in preordained family ties, an individualist following his feelings and eager to go his own way. The famous melodie lunghe, lunghe, lunghe lead directly to the tragic death with his beloved Giulietta. As horrifying and inexplicably revolutionary as it may have seemed to Bellini’s contemporaries, long practice has shown that replacing the final scene of the opera with Nicola Vanuzzi’s happy ending – is virtually unthinkable today.

Sung in Italian with German surtitles

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Co-production with the San Francisco Opera

Musikalische Leitung Riccardo Frizza
Inszenierung Vincent Boussard
Bühne Vincent Lemaire
Kostüme Christian Lacroix
Licht Guido Levi
Dramaturgie Rainer Karlitschek
Chor Sören Eckhoff

Romeo Elīna Garanča
Giulietta Ekaterina Siurina
Tebaldo Matthew Polenzani
Capellio Goran Jurić
Lorenzo Andrea Borghini

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
The Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper