Mission Opera and Valley Opera & Performing Arts are presenting “Roméo et Juliette” by Charles Gounod based on the famous immortal love story by William Shakespeare on Nov. 18 and 19 at the Canyon High School Performing Arts Center.
Director Dylan F. Thomas, noted for his imaginative re-envisioning of mainstays of the operatic repertoire, has chosen a more traditional presentation for this beloved work. “Gounod’s romantic music takes us to heights of love and depths of despair,” said Thomas, “a truly powerful emotional experience.”
Take Shakespeare’s timeless story of passionate, transcendent, ultimately tragic love, add the power of Gounod’s passionate and heartbreaking score, and you have the ultimate date movie come to life in a live performance. This performance is fully staged in period Renaissance eras costumes and swords.
The fully staged opera with orchestra stars Shira Renee Thomas and Xavier Prado (Nov. 19) and Catherine Kenney and Vince McPherson (Nov. 18) as the star-crossed lovers. The cast also includes veteran international artist Joshua Wentz, as well as Nathan Stark and Hugo Vera, both of whom have appeared as principals on the Metropolitan Opera stage.
“Romeo et Juliette” will be sung in the original French, with English titles projected above the stage.
General admission tickets for this live show start at $27 and can be purchased at www.missionopera.com. Various tiered levels, including Orchestra Front, Orchestra Back, VIP and General Admission are available. Discounted student and senior tickets are available for all tiers, except VIP. ID required at the box office. Concessions and merchandise will be sold before the show and during intermission. Tickets are also available at Romeo2022.bpt.me.