Illustration ©️ Julia Lamoureux
145, 125, 100, 75, 50, 35, 15, 6 €

Roméo et Juliette

Charles Gounod

December 13 to 21, 2021

145, 125, 100, 75, 50, 35, 15, 6 €

At a ball, Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight. But they live in a tight patriarchal society, where any personal aspiration to happiness is crushed.

Roméo et Juliette en répétition © S.Brion (Opéra Comique)

From Benda to Dusapin through Bellini, Berlioz… Romeo and Juliet, among all Shakespeare’s characters, are the most inspiring for musiciens. During the romantic era, the two lovers of Verona, brought novelty and intensity to the theatre scene.

Gounod composed the opera while Victor Hugo and his son revived Shakespeare. Created between Verdi’s French Macbeth and Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet triumphed during the 1867 Universal Exhibition. The opera’s theatrical movement, songs, intense duos and orchestral colours made it a popular success. Gounod’ sole success. Romeo and Juliet is no longer programmed in Paris. Are we afraid of pure emotion?

Éric Ruf sets Gounod in the decor which was conceived for Shakespeare at the Comédie Française. - a real dramaturgic and environmental challenge. At the head of the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, Accentus and a dream cast, led Julie Fuchs et Jean-François Borras, Laurent Campellone resuscitates this masterpiece.

The decor was initially created in the workshops of the Comédie-Française for the show Romeo et Juliette by William Shakespeare, directed by Éric Ruf.

Musical direction Laurent Campellone • Stage direction and scenography Éric Ruf • With Jean-François Borras / Pene Pati, Julie Fuchs / Perrine Madoeuf, Patrick Bolleire, Adèle Charvet, Philippe-Nicolas Martin, Jérôme Boutillier, Marie Lenormand, Yu Shao, Yoann Dubruque, Geoffroy Buffière, Arnaud Richard, Julien Clément • Choir accentus / Opéra de Rouen Normandie • Orchestra de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie

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3h - Salle Favart
145, 125, 100, 75, 50, 35, 15, 6 €
Show sang in French with French and English subtiltes

Audio description (EN)

Some operas are available in audio description. "Image whisperers” are also available on demand.
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People with reduced mobility

16 seats are dedicated to people with reduced mobility, on reservation at the box office or by phone. Access to the lift is located 5 rue Favart
+33 1 70 23 01 44 |


45 minutes before the performance

Keys to the show

Twenty-minutes to discover everything there is to know about the opera you’re about to see, from the playwright Agnès Terrier (in french).

Salle Bizet | Free

Sing some tunes

Meet a choirmaster and sing , with no hang-ups, the tunes of the opera you’re about to see.

Foyer Favart | Free

Take time

The intermission bar offers drinks and light refreshments as soon as the theatre doors open.

Information | 19 december at 3:00 pm

This show is a RELAX performance.

It offers a caring and laid-back environment for people whose disability (autism, multiple disabilities, mental or psychic disability, Alzheimer…) may give rise to atypical and unpredictable behaviour during the show. The opera-house’ standard procedures are more flexible and everyone can experience emotions freely without fearing stares from others.

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Musical direction
Laurent Campellone
Stage direction and scenography
Éric Ruf
Christian Lacroix
Bertrand Couderc
Glyslein Lefever
Artistic collaboration
Léonidas Strapatsakis
Musical assistant
Mathieu Charrière
Staging assistant
Céline Gaudier
Decors assistant
Dominique Schmitt
Costume assistant
Jennifer Morangier
Costume assistant
Jean-Philippe Pons
Lights assistant
Artur Zakirov
Vocal coach
Thomas Palmer
Second vocal coach
Marine Thoreau La Salle
Jean-François Borras
Pene Pati
Julie Fuchs
Perrine Madoeuf
Frère Laurent
Patrick Bolleire
Adèle Charvet
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
Comte Capulet
Jérôme Boutillier
Marie Lenormand
Yu Shao
Thomas Ricart
Arnaud Richard
Choir accentus member
Yoann Dubruque
Duc de Vérone
Geoffroy Buffière

Camille Brulais, Laurent Côme, Rafael Linares Torres, Sabine Petit

Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen Normandie

Opéra Comique

Opéra national de Washington, Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Théâtre de la Ville de Berne, Fondation Théâtre Petruzzelli de Bari

With the support of

Aline Foriel-Destezet, Major Patron of the Opéra Comique

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