It’s been nearly 10 years since the Atlanta Opera brought “Romeo and Juliet” to the stage as a grand French opera. This version of the tale of star-crossed lovers is set against the backdrop of Shakespear's Globe Theatre in London.
“It takes the idea of Shakespeare, Shakespeare in love, and tells it in a new fresh way, where Romeo is a starving actor and Juliet is the daughter of a general,” artistic director Tomer Zvulun said.
The production includes 30 foot towers and 60 people taking the stage at once, along with acrobats and a full orchestra.
“Music, poetry, dance, theater and, of course, singing all come together on the largest scale possible,” Zvulun said.
The Atlanta Opera brings the classic tale to a modern audience now through May 15.
“I want them to feel like they've been swept off their feet. I want them to feel like they're not able to see something like that on YouTube or at home. You don't come to the opera if you can see it at home,” Zvulun said.
All performances will take place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
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