Roberto Alagna (Roméo), Leontina Vaduva (Juliette), Sarah Walker (Gertrude), Robert Lloyd (Frère Laurence), Peter Sidhom (Capulet), Paul Charles Clarke (Tybalt), David Wilson-Johnson (Le Prince), Jeremy White (Gregorio), François Le Roux (Mercutio), Anne Maria Panzarella (Stéphano), Richard Halton (Pâris)
The Royal Opera Chorus & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Charles Mackerras (conductor) & Nicolas Joël (stage director)
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 15th & 17th November 1994.
PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 176 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 DOLBY DIGITAL
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Sir Charles Mackerras teases the romantic beauty from Gounod’s score, which has been much admired and performed since its first performance, at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, in 1867. In this 1994 recording, the youthful Roberto Alagna as Roméo, and Leontina Vaduva as the unattainable Juliette, lead an excellent cast in a touching portrayal of this story of impossible love, based on the play by William Shakespeare.
“Leontina Vaduva is a touching Juliette… There's real passion in her Tomb aria… Roméo is the role that catapulted tenor Roberto Alagna into a celebrity. Best of all is Charles Mackerras conducting in the pit.”
“They are a Romeo and Juliet who look as if they were born to play their roles”
“Alagna is the fascinating, never failing, special, real tenor thing - the heir apparent to the two. He delivers the goods.”
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