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Romeo and Juliet

3hrs 17mins
Directed by
Thomas Jolly, Carlo Rizzi
Elsa Dreisig,
Benjamin Bernheim,
Huw Montague Rendall
Film Language
in French with English subtitles

How many composers have been inspired by the two lovers of Verona depicted by Shakespeare? From Vincenzo Bellini and Hector Berlioz to Leonard Bernstein, the list is long.

If Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, first performed during the Universal Exhibition of 1867, enjoyed immediate popularity, it is doubtless because this is the version that translates the tumultuous lives of the celebrated lovers with the greatest finesse. Four love duets, a fiery waltz and luminous, lyrical music: the entire score seems to tremble with desire and freshness. Who better than Thomas Jolly, one of the most inventive directors of his generation, appointed Artistic Director of Paris 2024 Olympic ceremonies, to celebrate this hymn to youth? Following his Eliogabalo by Cavalli in 2016, he signs his second collaboration with the Paris Opera.

Artistic team

New production

Coproduction with Teatro Real, Madrid

Opera in five acts (1867)

Music / Charles Gounod

Libretto / Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

After William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Musical direction / Carlo Rizzi

Stage direction / Thomas Jolly

Artistic collaboration / Katja Krüger 

Sets / Bruno de Lavenère

Costumes / Sylvette Dequest

Lighting design / Antoine Travert

Choreography / Josépha Madoki

Chorus master / Ching-Lien Wu

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Presented by Alain Duault


Juliette / Elsa Dreisig

Stephano / Lea Desandre

Gertrude / Sylvie Brunet

Roméo / Benjamin Bernheim

Tybalt / Maciej Kwaśnikowski

Benvolio / Thomas Ricart

Mercutio / Huw Montague Rendall

Pâris / Sergio Villegas Galvain

Gregorio / Yiorgo Ioannou

Capulet / Laurent Naouri

Frère Laurent / Jean Teitgen

Le Duc de Vérone / Jérôme Boutillier

Frère Jean / Antoine Foulon

Manuela / So-Hee Lee

Pepita / Izabella Wnorowska-Pluchart

Angelo / Vincent Morell


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