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 October 2018 
Wrocław: Wrocław Opera – Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” – directed and choreographed by Jacek Tyski

Wrocław: Wrocław Opera – Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” – directed and choreographed by Jacek Tyski

29 April 2018 | 18:00 | Wrocław Opera | Wroclaw

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Stories of tragic love have long been the staple of opera and ballet. The theme of the ill-fated lovers of Verona has been musically developed a number of times in the past. Prior to Prokofiev, the Shakespearian drama had been interpreted, among others, by Vincenzo Bellini in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Charles Gounod in Romeo and Juliet (both operas), or in the Russian Romantic composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s orchestral overture-fantasy Romeo and Juliet. Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet has since joined the classics of the genre. Musically, it is situated at the threshold of modernity, thus enabling diverse arrangements. The piece premiered shortly before the outbreak of World War II, in December 1938. The Polish premiere of the ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama was only presented in May 1954 at the Warsaw State Opera.

 

The revival of Romeo and Juliet is the fifth interpretation of the piece at the Wrocław Opera. The first one premiered in 1960, choreographed by Jerzy Gogóła, under the musical direction of Kazimierz Wiłkomirski and with stage design by Zbigniew Kaja. The subsequent premieres took place in 1984, 1996, and 2010, respectively.

 

Romeo and Juliet has been commonly considered as a test of choreographic maturity. Eight years after its previous premiere, Prokofiev’s ballet returns to the Wrocław Opera, choreographed by the outstanding Polish dancer and choreographer Jacek Tyski, who is the Wrocław Opera’s choreographer-in-residence this season. The project will mark Tyski’s second involvement with Shakespeare’s output – having previously choreographed Hamlet for the Polish National Ballet, he returns with a new incarnation of Shakespeare’s most famous love story. 

 

The music director of the piece is Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski. Olga Skumiał contributed the visual concept, stage design, and lighting design. Costumes were designed by Marta Fiedler, while Piotr Maruszak developed the video projections.

 

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Conductor: Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski

Direction and choreography: Jacek Tyski

Stage and lighting design: Olga Skumiał

Costumes: Marta Fiedler

Multimedia: Piotr Maruszak

 

 

Cast

- The Montagues -

 

Romeo’s Father – Charalampos Skoupas, Federico Zeno Bassanese

Romeo’s Mother – Weronika Kwiatkowska, Monika Kieliba

Romeo – Robert Kędziński, Andrzej Malinowski, Łukasz Ożga, Pablo Martinez Mendez

Mercutio – Łukasz Ożga, Pablo Martinez Mendez

Benvolio – Andrzej Malinowski, Won June Choi

Balthasar (Romeo’s servant) – Pablo Martinez Mendez, Federico Zeno Bassanese

 

- The Capulets -

 

Julia’s Father – Timothy Leonard, Daniel Agudo Gallardo

Julia’s Mother – Natsuki Katayama, Ines Furuhashi-Huber, Magdalena Kurilec-Malinowska

Julia – Rina Nishiuchi, Sherly Belliard, Remy Lamping

Tybalt – Won June Choi, Robert Kędziński, Timothy Leonard

Julia’s Nurse – Anna Szopa-Kimso

Samson, Capulet servant, Tybalt’s friend – Piotr Bednarczyk, Arshak Gyozalyan

Gregory, Capulet servant, Tybalt’s friend – Federico Zeno Bassanese, Won June Choi

Count Paris – Piotr Bednarczyk, Pablo Martinez Martinez

Escalus, the Prince of Verona: Pablo Martinez Mendez, Timothy Leonard, Charalampos Skoupas

Friar Lawrence – Daniel Agudo Gallardo, Piotr Bednarczyk, Federico Zeno Bassanese

 

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