Why Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera House?
This New Year’s Eve, lose yourself in Shakespeare’s Verona, an ancient city of love and war played out at New York’s illustrious Metropolitan Opera House.
If ever you needed an excuse to don pearls and a sharp tux, not together of course unless that's your thing, then New Year’s at the Met Opera is it. As the orchestra bellows and the champagne tingles take effect the theatre becomes a transcendental experience.
Diana Damrau as Juliet and Vittorio Grigolo as Romeo present the world’s most famous love story with their notoriously sensual vocals, delivered with such exuberance that even the chap right at the back in the last-minute seat will feel the lovers’ anguish!
As well as the requisite balcony that we have all recreated after locking ourselves out of the apartment, the award-winning production team have created is a masterpiece of imposing Italian Renaissance architecture, an intimate piazza and wildly decadent costumes that make Baz Luhrmann's party scene look like afternoon tea.
Pssst, there’s even a ‘deleted scene’ that doesn’t appear in the original play. Wonder if the Bard himself would approve?
Why the Metropolitan Opera?
Standing proud on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the Met is home to the world’s greatest voices and one of Opera’s finest orchestras. A visit to the Met will show that while there are many ways to recreate and reinterpret Roméo et Juliette, opera is the best. It delivers the most heightened of emotional expressions and draws you deep into Shakespeare’s tale.
After the not-so-fat lady has sung and your culture radar is spinning off the scale, explore the opera house itself. Visit the Grand Tier level to see Marc Chagall’s famous murals and pop another bottle as you gaze across Lincoln Center Plaza from the balcony.
- Award-winning operatic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in New York this New Year's Eve.
- Dress to the nines and indulge in Manhattan like a hungry Pavarotti!
- Sung in French with Met Title in English, German and Spanish.