Sunday, 3 April 2016

Theater Basel | Romeo und Julia (Romeo & Juliet)

The Theater Basel presents Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet in an adaption by Boris Blacher.
The opera took place in a very special location in Münchenstein called Fahrbar, an industrial building  with a very special charme. (the opera will also play in Laufen on a farm twice). We think the location is perfect for the modern staging of the classic tragedy.
The story of Romeo & Juliet is well known,  two young lovers who descend from feuding families and in the end both die tragically.
Boris Blacher tells the story from Juliets point of view and with the help of a narrator who shows during the scenes explaining the happenings.
We liked the modern staging a lot and the live music was very captivating, generating excitement and increasing the emotions. 
The stage was divided by movable transparent plastic sheets hanging form the ceiling that created a feeling of constant supervision.
The opera singers were amazing and we also liked the almost a bit futuristic costumes a lot, which are rather unusual for a Shakespeare piece but perfectly matching the stage set and the complete production.


Nathan Haller as ROMEO
Bryony Dwyer as JULIET
Sofia Pavone as LADY CAPULET/CHOIR SOLOIST/WET NURSE
Rita Ahonen CHANSONS
José Coca Loza as CAPULET/BENVOLIO/CHOIR SOLOIST
Markus Nykänen as TYBALT/CHOIR SOLOIST
Meike Hartmann as SOPRANO SOLOIST

violin 1: Etienne Abelin
violin 2: Guillermo Navarro Garcia
viola: Dominique Polich
violoncello: Josep-Oriol Miro Cogul
double bass: Romana Uhlikova
flute: Anja Brezavscek
bassoon: Rocio Alvarez Fernandez
trumpet: Lukasz Andrzej Gothszalk
piano: Stephen Delaney

musical direction: Stephen Delaney
production: Maria-Magdalena Kwaschik
stage: Romina Kaap
costume: Anna Brown
video: Noel Michel
light: Kristina Link
technical support: Maximilian Herber
dramatic composition: Dorothee Harpain

picture © Seraina Oppliger

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