Shanghai Opera House and Suzhou Symphony Orchestra

Roméo et Juliette

Music
In-Venue
24
Mar
“Wen Muya is the most beautiful voice in the new generation of vocal music.” — Caroline Dumas, professor of singing at the École normale de musique de Paris

Introduction

Love on an epic scale

“Shakespeare, coming upon me unawares, struck me like a thunderbolt!” For the young French composer Hector Berlioz, the dramas of William Shakespeare opened up a whole new universe of emotion and expression—none more so than Romeo and Juliet.

In 1839 he poured all his passion, tenderness and matchless skill for musical storytelling into Roméo et Juliette: a gigantic retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy, written for solo singers and a huge orchestra and chorus. From the delicate mystery and magic of the “Queen Mab” Scherzo to the breathless passion of the love scenes and the final tragedy, there’s nothing quite like it. BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Shen Yang, gold medal-winner in several international vocal competitions Wen Muya, and renowned local tenor Chen Yong join the performers of Shanghai Opera House and the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra for this epic performance.

CONDUCTOR

Xu Zhong

COMPOSER

Berlioz

LIBRETTIST

Émile Deschamps

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Wen Muya

TENOR

Chen Yong

BASS-BARITONE

Shen Yang

Remarks

Approx. 1 hr 40 mins with no interval
Performed in French with Chinese and English surtitles