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Romeo and Juliet hosts final performance

Romeo and Juliet hosts final performance

February 25
01:18 2011

By Daisy Silos / Staff Writer –

This weekend, the cast of “Romeo and Juliet” will perform its final act at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas.

The dramatic love story by Charles Gounod was inspired by Shakespeare’s classic tale. The opera is sung in French with English subtitles. Tickets range from $39 to $350. Students can purchase tickets for $25 with a valid student I.D. the day of the performance.

“This year, we have an extremely strong cast who deliver a timeless tale of love, passion and revenge all together,” said Suzanne Calvin, the manager and director of the Winspear Opera. “It’s a wonderful opera for college students, because the characters are relatable and well-known.”

The performance focuses on the classic story of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, who fall in love, but their families’ rivalry keeps them apart, she said.

Jamie Adling, a theatre senior, said Romeo and Juliet is one of her favorite plays of all time.

“It has drama and romance — everything you need in a great dramatic play,” she said. “Whether you’re a theatre geek or just enjoy good acting, this can be a great experience.”

From then to now

The first performance was in 1981. Since then, the play has shown three more times, Calvin said.

The ensemble cast features local and national talent, she said.

Charles Castronovo plays Romeo in his company debut, and Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova returns to the Dallas opera as Juliet, Calvin said.

“These young stars have an incredible stage presence,” she said. “This group wasn’t collected just from here and there. We made sure we brought the best to North Texas.”

Calvin said students can expect to see jaw-dropping costumes, artistic sceneries and glorious music.

“This isn’t just some regular musical,” she said. “The audience will walk away in amazement with the performance they’ll get to see.”

Quick Facts:

What? Romeo and Juliet

When? Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Where? Winspear Opera House in Dallas

2403 Flora St., Dallas TX 75201

Cost: $350-$39

$25 with a valid student I.D.

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