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Fording the deep river with a song in her heart

Saturday, February 27, 2016I

What if a high school student doing a report on a historic opera star had the singer appear to him?

Soundings: Virginia Opera's "Romeo et Juliette" a touching production

FEBRUARY 24, 2016

Following on the heels of the Richmond Ballet's triumphant presentation of "Romeo & Juliet" last weekend, the Virginia Opera offered Charles Gounod's lyrical take on the tale of the star-crossed lovers in an emotionally sensitive production in the Carpenter Center Friday.

Preview: Virginia Opera Brings Out the Nuances of "Romeo and Juliet"

BY RICH GRISET

Directing Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” for his first time in 1987, Bernard Uzan acknowledged that the casting of opera legend Alfredo Kraus as the male lead didn’t make the most sense. Though the Spanish tenor’s pipes were still in fighting form, he was a late replacement for another singer and looked a little out of place in the role.

Virginia Opera’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ pitches a well-timed, lovely production

By Joan Reinthaler February 14 at 2:19 PM

The Virginia Opera brought Charles Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” to the George Mason University’s Center for the Arts this past weekend just in time for Valentine’s Day, and if the “eternal” in the Valentine promise of eternal love lasts for only one night in Gounod’s (and Shakespeare’s) drama, the production made sure that it was a steamy, intense night indeed.