By Dawnette Chambers
Romeo (Joseph Calleja) sings in the cover of night about his instantaneous love for Juliet.
Few stories have the ability to move audiences a world over. The classic tale of “Romeo and Juliet” is among the few tragic love stories of all time. This tale as old as time has come in operatic form to the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
This particular production of the famed love story was created by Tony Award-winning director, Bartlett Sher.
The Lyric Opera is presenting Gounod’s 19th century interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in French. However, do not let that be a deterrent – English subtitles are provided.
With nine performances scheduled, each audience is bound to be captivated by the voice of Romeo, played by either Joseph Calleja or Eric Cutler. As the silent audience hears his voice, they too will connect with the burning passion Romeo has for young Juliet, played by Susanna Phillips.
“Romeo and Juliet” is a featured work as part of the year-long Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration.
With four more performances left, now is the time to see young love in early bloom. The Lyric Opera offers students an opportunity to see this and many other productions year-round. Students just need their RU e-mail address to sign up to be a part of the Lyric Next program which allows them to purchase tickets to various shows and events for around $20.
Parting will indeed be “such sweet sorrow” when “Romeo and Juliet” leaves the Lyric Opera after its last performance March 19.