ABAO Bilbao Opera schedules, for the fourth time in its history, Roméo et Juliette, one of the favourite titles of the French repertoire, whose libretto is based on the drama of the same name by William Shakespeare.

This opera with prologue and five acts tells the quintessential story of young love, where passion and hate, offence and forgiveness, love and death go hand in hand.

On this occasion ABAO Bilbao Opera has brought together a sublime duo to play the world’s most famous lovers with Javier Camarena and Nadine Sierra. The Mexican tenor is known to be one of the greatest exponents of the Romantic bel canto repertoire and one of the most admired all over the world. Next to him, the American soprano Nadine Sierra, who makes her debut in Bilbao as Juliette.

They both have some of the most popular pages of the opera repertoire, such as Juliette’s waltz “Je veux vivre”, Romeo’s demanding aria “Ah! Lève-toi soleil!” or Romeo and Juliette’s duet “O nuit divine”.

As for the music, Maestro Lorenzo Passerini makes his debut with the Euskadiko Orkestra on a score full of lyricism, poetry, refinement and elegance, which are all features that characterise French opera.

On the stage, a co-production by ABAO Bilbao Opera and Oviedo Opera signed by the Italian director Giorgia Guerra, in her debut in ABAO, presenting a youthful, stylish and visually striking proposal. The lovers live in a versatile space that ranges from a palace to the classical mortuary, in a scenography that stands out due to the thorough video projection work

Cast changes

The mezzo-soprano Irene Zas will join the cast in the performances of 27 and 30 October playing the role of Gertrude to replace Itxaro Mentxaka.

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ROMÉO ET JULIETTE 20 October'23 18:30 Auditorio Universidad de Deusto

Speakers: Mariela Rubio and Rafa Bernardo
Biographies: Directors and presenters of the programme Play Opera in Cadena Ser radio station.
Rafa’s father was not willing to renounce opera in order to look after a child. Therefore, this child grew up listening to opera since his early childhood. The result, indescribable. Verdian.
Mariela Rubio, an addict to Bach’s preludes for well-tempered clavier, proposed Rafa a musical adventure on the radio and he inexplicably accepted. Wagnerian.