BalletRomeo and Juliet
In this production created for the Opera Ballet in 1984, Rudolf Nureyev opted for powerful dramatization. Splendour and violence, truculence and beauty mingle, rekindling the passion of Shakespeare’s drama.
Scrupulously adhering to Prokofiev’s score, itself very close to the play, the choreographer produced a version of Romeo and Juliet in which “the young boy becomes a man” opposite a passionate Juliet who, barely out of childhood, also tragically enters womanhood. Their love cannot be openly declared, as their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are locked into an ancestral feud...
Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, the sumptuous sets and costumes by Ezio Frigerio and Mauro Pagano transport us to a painstakingly recreated Verona.
The Étoiles, the Premiers Danseurs and the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet
The Paris Opera Orchestra
A coproduction Opéra national de Paris and La Belle Télé
With the participation of France Télévisions, the support of the ORANGE Foundation, patron of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts and Chanel, patron of the Paris Opera Ballet, as well as the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée
The Paris Opera thanks the donors of the Romeo and Juliet recording for their generous support.
Director: Nathan Benisty
© Opéra national de Paris – La Belle Télé – 2021
Picture: © Agathe Poupeney / OnP
DescriptionRomeo: A son of the House of Montague. Initially in love with Rosaline, he becomes enamoured with Juliet at the Capulets’ ball
Juliet: A daughter of the House of Capulet. She is betrothed to Paris but in love with Romeo
Tybalt: Juliet’s cousin. He is killed by Romeo to avenge the death of his friend Mercutio
Mercutio: A friend of Romeo. He is killed by Tybalt
Benvolio: A friend and cousin of Romeo
Rosaline: Romeo’s first love, albeit unrequited
Paris: A young Lord of Verona, in love with Juliet. He dies by Romeo’s hand in Juliet’s tomb
Lord Capulet: The head of the House of Capulet
Lady Capulet: The wife of Lord Capulet
The Nursemaid: Juliet’s confidante
Friar Laurence: A monk and Romeo’s confessor. He secretly marries the two lovers
Conductor Set design