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Loyola University New Orleans Opera Theatre presents Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

Loyola press release - January 4, 2016

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Loyola Opera Theatre will present the operatic 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 Roméo et Juliette. The opera will be performed in French with English 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 several more Shakespeare-related events planned as part of the University’s acclaimed Montage Fine and Performing Arts series.

“The opera kicks off our Shakespeare theme for the semester with one of his best-known love stories,” said Carol Rausch, director of Loyola Opera Theatre. “It features four beautiful love duets; it incorporates swordplay, which is exciting and a great experience for our students; and with its rousing choruses, handsome period costumes and our full orchestra, it represents everything associated with grand opera!”

The opera is double-cast, meaning that each of the performances will showcase a different set of singers in the leading roles.

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

New York stage director and choreographer Bill Fabris will direct, and Carol Rausch will serve as musical director and conductor. The fight choreographer is Erick Wolfe, and sets are provided by the New Orleans Opera Scenic Studio.

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.