On Vibrant Form
Bellini's 'I Capuletti e I Montecchi'
at the Buxton Festival,
recommended by MIKE WHEELER
Buxton Festival's nod to this year's Shakespeare commemorations takes the oblique form of Bellini's treatment of the Romeo and Juliet story (Buxton Opera House, Buxton, UK, 9 July 2016). I Capuletti e I Montecchi is derived not from Shakespeare but from a variety of other sources (some of which Shakespeare drew on). So instead of just feuding between themselves, the Capulets and Montagus are on opposite sides of a civil war. We don't witness Romeo and Giulietta's first meeting, so we have to take their affair as a given...
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