Benjamin Bernheim and Julie Fuchs star in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette
A dream cast for an operatic favourite: two francophone stars, Benjamin Bernheim and Julie Fuchs, sing the title roles in Roméo et Juliette. Premiered in 1867 in Paris and an immediate hit, Gounod's work emphasizes the lyrical in its adaptation of Shakespeare's tragic tale of literature's most famous "star-crossed lovers", including several famous arias (Juliette's "Je veux vivre" and Roméo's "Ah! Lève toi, soleil!") and duets – not least the moving final scene. Ted Huffman's minimalist 2023 production at Opernhaus Zürich distills the drama down to its essence to powerful effect, while the Philharmonia Zürich provides idiomatic accompaniment under conductor Roberto Forés Veses.
- Benjamin Bernheim (Tenor), Julie Fuchs (Programming), Yuriy Hadzetskyy (Baritone), Jungrae Noah Kim (Baritone), Omer Kobiljak (Tenor), Katia Ledoux (Mezzo-Soprano), Maximilian Lowrie (Tenor), Andrew Moore (Bass-Baritone), Valeriy Murga (Baritone), Brent Michael Smith (Bass), David Soar (Bass), Svetlina Stoyanova (Mezzo-Soprano)
- Chor der Oper Zürich
- Roberto Forés Veses