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Met brings romance to Palace

Published:Friday | September 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Anna Netrebko (right) and Roberto Alagna star in Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette'.
Contributed Star soprano Anna Netrebko (front, centre) is Juliettte in Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette'.

"My friend and I saw this last night and it was wonderful! To experience it on the big screen was a real treat. When you are unable to actually go to New York, this is the next best thing. We look forward to seeing more of the performances."

"Both soprano Anna Netrebko and charming tenor, Roberto Alagna, had such beautiful voices, what a great pairing!"

- Reviews from international opera fans.

Jamaica is now listed among some 67 countries where opera lovers are able to enjoy the Met's award-winning Live in HD seasons, as well as Summer Encore series on cinema screens. Like many others worldwide, fans here appreciate the convenience of being able to enjoy this art form in comfort and style.

This Sunday, September 14, at 11:30 a.m., Gounod's Roméo et Juliette graces screens at Palace Cineplex, Sovereign Centre, and Palace Multiplex, Montego Bay. Billed as the ultra-sensual interpretation of Shakespeare, Roméo et Juliette is an ideal vehicle for star soprano Anna Netrebko and the remarkable tenor Roberto Alagna, both of whom bring their incandescent appeal to the title roles.

The irresistible Nathan Gunn sings the role of Mercutio and Placido Domingo conducts. Isabel Leonard, Nathan Gunn and Robert Lloyd also star and Guy Joosten produces the opera, which originally screened in 2010-2011 season.

Prologue: Verona, 14th century. A chorus chants of the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets and of their children, the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliette.

Act I

Act I. At a masked ball at the Capulet palace, Juliette's arrival is eagerly awaited by her cousin, Tybalt, and her suitor, Paris. Capulet presents his daughter, the revellers exclaim at her beauty and Juliette rhapsodises on her joy. The host leads his guests off just as Roméo, a Montague, and his friends, all masked, steal into the ballroom intent on provoking a fight.

Roméo has dreamed the night before and Mercutio, one of his companions, launches into a song about Queen Mab, the mistress of dreams. Suddenly, Romeo sees Juliette at a distance. As she waltzes around the room, singing of the freedom of youth, Roméo shyly approaches her, asking if his hand may touch hers.

Tybalt returns just as Juliette tells her name to Romeo, who masks himself and rushes off. Tybalt identifies the intruder as Montague's son, but Capulet restrains him, ordering the party to continue.

The Met Summer Encore 2014 series will close on September 28 at Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex, with Puccini's La Fanciulla Del West.