Roméo Et Juliette

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February 2024 Next

“It was the nightingale and not the lark.” This perhaps most famous sentence from perhaps the most famous love story of all time also found its way into Charles Gounod's “Romeo and Juliet” opera, which first delighted audiences at the Paris World Exhibition in 1867. The whole of France was fascinated by Shakespeare in the 19th century, and so it was only a matter of time before the successful team Gounod and Barbier & Carré took on one of his plays. They were supposed to create what was definitely the most sensual adaptation of the story with four great love duets alone - no small achievement considering the numerous, primarily cinematic versions of the material, whose aesthetics vary from romantic to hyper-modern. The work of director Marie-Eve Signeyrole is also influenced by film, as she has been regularly behind the camera since the beginning of her career. She also enriches her opera productions with live video, thereby staging great emotions without having to make a grand gesture.

Program and cast

Charles Gounod

Drama lyric in five acts

Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

Theater an der Wien

About the Theater an der Wien

The New Opera House is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “season” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.

How to get there

With public transport:

We can be reached by public transport: 

U1, U2 und U4 Station Karlsplatz, Exit Secession
Bus 59A Station Bärenmühldurchgang
Bus 57A Station Laimgrubengasse, pedestrians via Laimgrubengasse to Linke Wienzeile

Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien

We can be reached by public transport:
U1, U4: Station Schwedenplatz
Tram Linie D (bei Ablenukung über Kai), 1, 2: Station Schwedenplatz
Bus 3A (on workdays)

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