3 Performances Only!
November 18 & 19, 2022 7:30pm
Canyon Performing Arts Center
19300 Nadal St. Santa Clarita, CA 91351
January 21, 2023 3pm
Sally Field Performing Arts Center
17000 Haynes St. Lake Balboa, CA 91406
Shakespeare’s immortal love story comes to glorious musical life, as Valley Opera & Performing Arts and Mission Opera meld their formidable creative forces to present Charles Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette”. The fully-staged opera with orchestra stars Shira Renee Thomas and Xavier Prado (11/19/22 & 1/21/23) and Catherine Kenney and Vince McPherson (11/18/22) as the star-crossed lovers. The cast also includes international artist Joshua Wentz, as well as Nathan Stark and Hugo Vera, both of whom have appeared as principals on the Metropolitan Opera stage.
Director Dylan F. Thomas, noted for his imaginative re-envisioning of mainstays of the operatic repertoire, has chosen a more traditional presentation for this beloved work. “Gounod’s romantic music takes us to heights of love and depths of despair”, says Thomas. “A truly powerful emotional experience.”
Take Shakespeare’s timeless story of passionate, transcendent, ultimately tragic love, add the power of Gounod’s soaringly passionate and exquisitely heartbreaking score, and you have the ultimate date movie come to life in a moving live performance.
“Romeo et Juliette” will be sung in the original French, with English translation projected above the stage. Both the Santa Clarita and Lake Balboa venues are fully wheelchair accessible, and feature comfortable individual theater-style seats.