January 21, 2017. Carib 5, Kingston, Jamaica
The Met:Live in HD
Opera fans in Jamaica thoroughly enjoyed the Live in HD transmission of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Leads Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau brought energy, intensity and passion to their interpretation of Shakespeare’s star crossed lovers in Gounod’s 1867 opera, described as “sophisticated, intelligently wrought, and ravishingly beautiful”.
Expectations were high and every minute of the matinee performance conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Bartlett Sher, lived up to the hype – from the opening scenes at the masked ball, to the exhilarating curtain calls when, still in character, Romeo valiantly swept his Juliette off her feet, to the delight of the capacity house at the Met and thousands of fans in movie theatres around the world. The ovations were thunderous and the energy was electrifying.
German soprano, Diana Damrau is making her role debut as Juliette, Since her Met debut in 2005 as Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Diana has sung over 100 performances with the company. Her other roles with the Met include starring as Leïla in last season’s new production of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, the title role of Massenet’s Manon opposite Grigolo and her first-ever performances of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata.
Italian tenor, Vittorio Grigolo adds a new role to his Met repertory after previously singing Roméo at La Scala and the Los Angeles Opera. He made his company debut in 2010 starring as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème followed by performances as the Duke in Rigoletto, the title character in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, and des Grieux in Manon opposite Damrau.
If you missed the Live performance of Roméo et Juliette, catch the Encore peformance on Sunday, January 29, 2017, 11:30 am at Palace Cineplex in Liguanea.
The next Met Opera:Live in HD transmission is scheduled for February 25, when Dvorak’s Rusalka, takes the spotlight on the big screen. Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.Ι