ROMEO & JULIET
Riverside Opera | Rose Theatre Kingston | 2014
“May hatred be dispelled when they hear your decision, and soothed in the love that you bear.”
In a world where lives are ruled by secrets, fear and an ancient grudge, passion changes everything in a heartbeat. But in a divided city where this young love is forbidden, people are torn apart by hate. Gounod's opera retells Shakespeare's tragic love story in a striking new production, staged in the year of the playwright's 450th birthday.
Sophie Gilpin directs Riverside Opera’s production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet. The haunting question inherent in this story – and one that resonates throughout history – is “Who is to blame for the death of the innocents?” Their own choices, the bigotry of their parents, or a divided society’s values and belief systems?
For almost 20 years Riverside Opera has brought together established professional soloists, production teams and orchestra with a community chorus. This production of Romeo and Juliet will premiere a brand new English translation by Russell Plows.
Conductor: Sam Evans
Director: Sophie Gilpin
Designer: Luis Carvalho
Lighting Designer: Fabiana Piccioli
Choreographer: Alice Weber
Romeo: John-Colyn Gyeantey/Adam Smith
Juliet: Eleanor Ross/Anna Goodhew
Friar Lawrence: Christopher Foster
Mercutio: Marc Callahan
Stephano: Maud Millar
Capulet: Thomas Colwell
Tybalt: Andrew Friedhoff
Gertrude: Sandra Porter
The Duke: Jon Stainsby
Paris: Jamie Rock
Gregorio: Dominic Kraemer