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Loyola University New Orleans Opera Theatre presents Charles Gounodís Romeo et Juliette

Loyola press release - January 21, 2016

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Loyola Opera Theatre will present the opera adaptation of one of his most famous plays.

Loyola Opera Theatre proudly presents an adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of “star-crossed lovers” in Charles Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. The opera will be performed in French with supertitles at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death so his work is receiving recognition at Loyola and worldwide. Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts has a handful of events on tap this spring, as part of the university’s acclaimed Montage Theatre and Fine Arts Series.

“This event kicks off our Shakespeare theme for the semester with one of his best-known love stories,” said Carol Rausch, director of the Loyola Opera Theatre. “It features four love duets, which is great for opera lovers; it incorporates swordplay, which is fun and great experience for our students; and with its rousing choruses and our full orchestra, it presents everything associated with grand opera.”

The opera is double-cast, meaning that each show will offer a different set of performers—Saturday night’s Romeo is a different vocalist than the Sunday matinee’s Romeo, and so on for the other characters.

“We’re lucky to have not only a breadth of vocal talent to support a double-cast, but also a talented mix of faculty and students to fill our orchestra,” said Rausch. “The Loyola Opera Theatre has performed Romeo and Juliette before, and we’re thrilled to bring it back.”

New York stage director and choreographer Bill Fabris will direct, and Carol Rausch, director of the Loyola Opera Theatre, will serve as musical director and conductor.

Free parking is available in the West Road Garage, accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

Tickets are $40 for preferred seating, $25 for reserved seating, and $15 for Loyola students, faculty and staff. For online ticketing visit cmfa.loyno.edu/montage/music-events or call the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.