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Shakespeare and Spielberg

GIUSEPPE PENNISI describes how
Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' attracts
a new audience in Verona

 

Roméo et Juliette was Charles Gounod's most spectacular immediate success. Coming, as it did, at the Théâtre Lyrique during the 1867 Exposition Universelle, when Paris was literally invaded by visitors from the provinces and abroad, the opera drew full houses for several consecutive nights. Also it conquered London's Covent Garden and all the major houses in Germany and Belgium just a few months after the opening night in Paris. The demand was such that when the Théâtre Lyrique was closed down, Roméo et Juliette became one the standard staples of the Opéra Comique; a few variants had been introduced, but it worked also on a smaller stage...

Copyright © 31 July 2012 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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CHARLES GOUNOD

ITALY

FRANCE

SHAKESPEARE

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