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Bellini’s I Capuletie e i Montecchi (The Capulets and Montagues) - October 19, 2012, 8 pm - San Francsico War Memorial Opera House


This was the first of three operas in a row I did in October as part of the Out-of-Town series from the San Francisco Opera.  The other two were Lohengrin and Moby Dick.

Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this opera was two acts with one intermission.  Romeo was portrayed by Joyce Didonato, the 2012 Grammy Award winner.  She did an excellent job and made the role believable.  Giulietta was portrayed by Nicole Cabell.  At first, I thought she was in trouble and was not impressed but she warmed to the role.  However, both me and my opera partner did not like her voice.  There was something unpleasant about it.  It could simply have been a difficult range for her. 

In the opera, Giulietta is promised to Tebaldo by Giulietta’s father Capellio.  Unknown to both, Giulietta is in love with Romeo and Lorenzo, the physician to the Capulets aids their love and arranges meetings.   There’s a scene in Giulietta’s bed room between Romeo and her and also a rather daring aria she does while walking the wall of her balcony - literally a drop off the stage into the orchestra pit if she misses her steps.  That kept the audience riveted. 

There is the final death scene in Giulietta’s tomb.

The set design was well done and not over the top.  There were quick changes from street scenes to bedrooms to tombs.  The set deisgn was by Vincent Lemaire.  The opera was sung in Italian.  Image is from the San Francisco Opera web page at www.sfopera.com.

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