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Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009

IU Opera Theater continues season with timeless 'Romeo et Juliette'

WHAT: Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod
WHEN: Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan Ave., just north of the intersection at Third Street.
TICKETS: Tickets for the Oct. 23 performance, which is general admission, are $25 ($12 for full-time students of any age with valid ID). Tickets for all other performances are $15-$35 ($10-$20 for students). The Musical Arts Center box office hours are Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Get ticket information online at, or call the Musical Arts Center at 812-855-7433.

Oct. 8, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Opera Theater continues its 2009-10 season with the passionate, timeless Roméo et Juliette, opening Oct. 23 at the Musical Arts Center.

The company has produced this lush work only twice before, in 1966 and in 2005.

IU Opera Theater will present "Romeo et Juliette," opening Oct. 23.

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Acclaimed stage director Michael Ehrman -- who directed IU Opera's all new 2005 production of the work -- returns for an encore. Ehrman is a frequent guest director for the Jacobs School of Music, with some of his past works including Faust, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Manon, Susannah and Le Nozze Di Figaro.

Ehrman's staging of this classic tale promises plenty of action and drama, as he integrates both fight and dance choreography in scenes ranging from large crowds to the couple's tender moments, even managing to throw in a bit of humor.

This year's production will also feature the original set design Jacobs Professor C. David Higgins created in 2005. Using an architectural facade in Renaissance style with tower units creating a sort of proscenium, the stage center morphs into various scenes -- from regal grand hall to manicured garden to street to tomb and then some. He believes that the scenery is akin to the beautifully romantic and grand music.

Returning guest conductor Ronald Zollman will lead the IU Philharmonic Orchestra through the sumptuous score, featuring swirling waltzes, dramatic choruses and sublime duets.

Believed to be written by William Shakespeare between 1591 and 1595, the story of two star-crossed lovers and bitter family feuds has captured imaginations for hundreds of years. It has been adapted numerous times for stage and screen, including the musical -- and later film version -- West Side Story, which will conclude IU Opera Theater's season in April.

"Gounod's Roméo et Juliette closely follows the plot of Shakespeare's original play," said Higgins. "It is an operatic version of the Elizabethan play and staging. Opera is different from spoken theater, but the text is still Shakespearean."

The opera will be sung in French with English supertitles.

For more information about the Jacobs School of Music and IU Opera and Ballet Theater, see