*16.4.16 - The performance is dedicated to the memory of our beloved Shimshon Zelig **PREMIÈRE - 18.4.16, 20:00
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ACT I A ball at the Capulets' Palace. After the prologue-overture which, as in Shakespeare's play, presents an outline of the drama, the curtain rises on a dazzling ball in the palace of the Capulets. They are celebrating Juliet's birthday. Her father, Count Capulet, the master of the palace, has promised her to Count Paris. Everyone admires the young girl's beauty, and her father bids the guests to enjoy themselves. Two masked members of the rival Montague clan, Romeo and Mercutio, have slipped incognito into the ball. Romeo has dark forebodings, but his friend jokes teasingly that Mab the Queen of Dreams must have paid him a visit during the night. Suddenly Romeo sees Juliet at a distance and is immediately smitten with love for her. Juliet confesses to her nurse, Gertrude that she would like to enjoy her youth before getting married. Seeing that Gertrude has been called away, Romeo approaches Juliet and declares his love for her, which arouses tender emotions inside her. The arrival of Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, brutally shatters the enchantment. Romeo realizes that his beloved is the daughter of his enemy Capulet, while Tybalt recognizes the voice of the hated Romeo. The lovers are horrified to discover that they belong to two families separated by an ancient and hate-filled feud. The rules of hospitality forbid Tybalt from venting his anger, and Capulet orders the festivities to proceed.
ACT II Juliet's garden. Night has fallen. Romeo is alone and enters Juliet's garden. He sees her at her window and compares her beauty to that of the rising sun. Juliet steps out onto her balcony and the two lovers pledge their love for each other. But their idyll is interrupted by the arrival of a group of servants led by Gregorio searching for some Montagues suspected of slipping into the ball. Gertrude sends them away and then calls Juliet in, scolding her for not being in bed. The lovers reluctantly take leave of each other, promising to meet again the next day.
ACT III Scene i Friar Lawrence's cell. At sunrise Romeo and Juliet go to Friar Lawrence's cell. Deeply moved by the force of their love he agrees to marry them in secret. Gertrude, who has arrived in the meantime, shares their joy.
Scene ii The public square in front of the palace of the Capulets. Shortly afterwards Romeo's page, Stephano, comes looking for his master. He mockingly compares the Capulets' palace to a vultures' nest where Juliet, a white dove, is living in bad company. The reaction is swift: Gregorio challenges him to a duel. Mercutio rushes in to help Stephano. Then Tybalt rushes into the affray. Romeo runs in to calm everyone down and refuses to fight against Tybalt who is now his cousin by marriage. But Mercutio is mortally wounded and Romeo immediately avenges his death by killing Tybalt. The Duke of Verona observes the disaster and after pronouncing very harsh words against both families he banishes Romeo from Verona.
ACT IV Juliet's room. Romeo has joined Juliet for one last night. She forgives him for killing Tybalt. The song of the lark announces the dawn, the moment of their heart-rending farewells before Romeo's departure. Capulet enters, accompanied by Friar Lawrence who has to prepare Juliet for her imminent marriage to Paris. Alone with Juliet, who wants to die, Friar Lawrence persuades her to drink the potion. The friar leaves and Juliet begins to feel the effects of the poison.
ACT V The tomb of the Capulets. Believing that Juliet is dead, Romeo takes one final look at her and then drinks the poison. Juliet slowly wakes from her deep sleep. Their joy at being reunited is short lived. Romeo weakens. Juliet sees the empty phial and realizes what has happened. She stabs herself and the lovers die in each other's arms, imploring God's forgiveness.
Back Stage Secrets at the Opera Many Opportunities to Widen your Opera Experience
Do you want to know more about the opera you are about to attend? Do you want to find out some back stage secrets? Do you want to meet the artists after the performance? The Israeli Opera enables you to widen your opera experience with a variety of pre performance and post-performance events.
Towards Opening On Saturday morning before the premiere, the creators of the production and several of the soloists gather to discuss the opera, the production, their own career and today’s opera world. This is a unique opportunity to learn as much as possible about the production and meet the director, conductor, designers and some of the participating soloists. Musical excerpts from the opera illustrate the discussion. Towards Opening takes place before some of each season’s productions.
Pre Performance Lecture One hour before each opera performance there is a 30-minute introductory lecture in the auditorium (in Hebrew). Opera staffers present the opera and the production and enable the audience to get some extra information a short time before attending the performances. Admission is free for ticket holders.
Pre Performance Back Stage Tours What happens backstage before the audience even thinks of getting dressed for the performance? What do the singers do? The conductor? The Technical teams? How does everyone prepare for the performance? A unique opportunity to taste a little bit of the back stage excitement before the curtain ascends/ A concerted half hour tour in places that are not usually open to the general public. Tours begin 90 minute before the performance begins and last 30 minutes. Tickets are 25NIS and can be booked in advance (tickets for each tour are limited). Tours take place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. Tours from groups both in Hebrew and in English can be booked in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Opera Talkback The curtain has just descended on the final scene of the opera. The hour is late. Nut the experience was riveting. This is the time to meet several of the performers. Come to listen and to speak. Ask questions. Meet the artists. A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the artists who have just excited you on the stage. Opera Talkbacks takes place on the second level of the Opera House foyer and last around 30 minutes. Admission free. Opera Talkback takes place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website.