Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi is a Houston Premiere
HOUSTON, TX (October 29, 2012) .
The time-honored story of Romeo and Juliet will be presented at Opera in the Heights in the second production of its Shakespearean-themed season. This operatic interpretation of the story is Vincenzo Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues). It was composed in 1830, but it has not been performed in Houston until now.
The star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet fall deeply in love, and do not bend to the wills of their warring families, who represent the political factions of the day. Their enmity seals the fate of the two entrapped young people, and they are forced to take drastic measures.
This work is a perfect story for the elaborately ornamented bel canto style of singing which can express strong emotions so well. As was common in the days of its creation, Romeo is played by a woman, a mezzo-soprano in a “trouser role.”
“Eight of the most gifted voices of their generation are getting together to perform in this Houston premiere of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Do not miss this opportunity to hear and see this rarely performed jewel of the bel canto repertoire,” enthused Oh! Artistic Director Enrique Carreón-Robledo.
Carlos Conde makes his Oh! debut as stage director, C. Vincent Fuller is the chorus master, Rachel Smith is the set designer, Dena Scheh designs the costumes, and the stage lighting is done by Kevin Taylor.
On Wednesday, November 7, opera connoisseur Ann Thompson will give an engaging presentation about I Capuleti e i Montecchi at 1517 Bracher Street at 7:30pm. Admission is $5. The informed yet informal commentary will enrich your upcoming opera experience.
Performance dates are November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, and 18 (matinee). Single ticket prices are $20-$55, senior tickets are $15-$41, and student tickets are $10 anytime in designated areas.
Opera in the Heights, a professional regional company, exists to provide a stage for emerging performers and bring affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented in the original language with English surtitles projected above the stage.
Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm and the matinee at 2:00 pm at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. in the Houston Heights. For tickets, please visit www.operaintheheights.org or call 713-861-5303.
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