Sunday, March 23, 2014

I Capuleti e I Montecchi... My First Opera

Me with Austrian colleague
I've never seen an Opera before and I have always been curious how it feels like to watch such productions. 

So this week, my colleagues and I went over to see an Italian production of Romeo and Juliet (yes, the classic Shakespearean tragedy!) at the Royal Opera House Muscat. And it was simply fabulous.

Romeo (Tenor, Alessandro Scotto Di Luzio)
The production was brought to Oman by the Fondazione Arena di Verona, entitled I Capuleti e I Montecchi. Cleverly set in a rather non-conventional narrative, where characters come out of canvasses and unaware construction workers go hither and thither.

The protagonists of the tragic opera, based on the 
libretto of Felice Romani, during that night were- Alessandro Scotto Di Luzio (Romeo), Rosanna Savoia (Juliet), Francesco Pittari (Tybalt), Paolo Battaglia (Capellio) & Dario Russo (Lorenzo).

The highlight for me in this opera was when Romeo was left alone with the body of Juliet. Thinking that Juliet was really dead, Romeo kept on lamenting how his life doesn't mean anything anymore and that he's going to follow Juliet in death. Then Juliet wakes up only to find that Romeo already drank the poison. Such tragic love story.

Romeo encounters Capellio. Photo Credit: Khalid Al Busaid / ROHM

But it was probably the ending that really awed and striked me, where a frame was slowly taken down and the cast looked like they were really in a painting. 

Romeo and Juliet Death Scene. Photo Credit:

I'm now looking forward to seeing more performances at the Royal Opera House and discover the joy of watching classical theater productions.

See related articles:
Royal Opera House Muscat: Romeo and Juliet Adaptation Adds Beauty to Tragic Opera Tale (Sarah MacDonald, Times of Oman).

L’Arena di Verona porta I Capuleti e i Montecchi ain Oman alla Royal Opera House Muscat.

Alessandro Scotto Di Luzio (Tenore).

Romeo Encounters Capellio. Khalid Al Busaid. ROHM.

Romeo and Juliet Death Scene.

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