Romeo and Juliet at the Minnesota Opera

On January 29, I saw the new production of Romeo and Juliet by the Minnesota Opera. It was a very nice production. The leads were strong singers.

The set was quite good, which is a welcome change from recent productions. Orazi e Curazi had that hideous wooden stockade out of the colonial era frontier, and the wardrobe was some ugly civil war style. La Donna del Lago was pretty minimalist, and not in the cool music way like Glass, with barely any set, and a re-work of the Orazi civil war wardrobe, but with kilts. The Grapes of Wrath had a nice wardrobe that fit the times, but a very utilitarian metal set. This set was some large structures as buildings that moved between acts. They often projected images on the buildings which was used to best effect at the beginning of the second act. They projected water, which seemed to be from that vantage point of underwater and it was a perfect image to start the scene below Juliet’s balcony.

The opening of the fourth act was pretty strange with a replay of the murders of Mercutio and Tybalt in slow motion. Thankfully John Madden was talking about how the murders played out.

The other exciting news is that I received the renewal information for 2008-2009 season which looks quite good.

  • Il trovatore by Verdi
  • The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart
  • Faust by Gounod
  • The adventures of Pinocchio by Dove
  • The Barber of Seville by Rossini

The cheap seats on Tuesday and Thursdays have gone up a little, but are still cheaper than Minnesota Orchestra’s cheap seats.

-Josh

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