The Met Live in HD: Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) – With Pre-Opera Talk
March 23, 2024
Pre-Opera Talk by Dr. Morton Achter @ 11:45 AM
Following each performance, there will be a brief “post-opera” discussion
Two singers at the height of their powers—radiant soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor sensation Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores. Bartlett Sher’s elegant staging also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the mischievous pageboy Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent.
Approx. runtime: 3 hours, 31 minutes (1 intermission)
There are more than eighty operas based upon Shakepeare’s immortal love-story, but Gounod’s version of 1867 is surely the most frequently performed. Essentially a series of four extended love-duets, how faithfully does this French musical adaptation compare to the Bard’s original? And what are the dissimilarities?
Dr. Morton Achter:
This is the fourteenth season of The Met: Live in HD for which Morton Achter, a resident of Topsham and formerly of New Harbor, will present a series of pre-opera talks prior to selected broadcasts at the Lincoln Theater. A retired college professor, Dr. Achter has taught about, produced, and directed opera and related stage genres for over sixty-five years. Educated at the Eastman School of Music and M.I.T., and holding a Ph.D. in music and theater history from the University of Michigan, locally he has directed productions for the Lincoln County Community Theater, River Company, Round Top Center for the Arts, and Bath’s Chocolate Church Arts Center. He has served on the Board of Directors of Midcoast Senior College in Brunswick, and has offered music- and theater-related courses for the organization since 2010.
This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.
The 2023-24 Schedule is subject to change per The Met Live in HD
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