Romeo und Julia
Erik Levi explains that the opera: "presents a synthesis of Romantic and impressionist elements. It marks a ... return to the conception of opera as a sequence of closed forms, incorporating ... stylistic features related to madrigal, oratorio and pantomime."
It was first performed on 13 April 1940, at the Staatsoper, Dresden, under the musical direction of Karl Böhm, who also commissioned the work, with Maria Cebotari as Julia, and was a considerable success. It was also performed at Sadler's Wells in London in the mid-50s.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast,
13 April 1940
(Conductor: Karl Böhm)
|Julia, daughter of the Capulets||soprano||Maria Cebotari|
|Romeo, son of Montague||tenor|
|Balthasar, Romeo's servant||baritone|
|Capuleti (Capulet)||bass||Kurt Böhme|
|Countess Capuleti (Lady Capulet)||contralto||Helena Rott|
|Father Lorenzo (Friar Laurence)||bass||Sven Nilsson|
|Escalus, Prince of Verona||baritone|
|Montague, Romeo's father||spoken|
Sutermeister's version follows Shakespeare's plot. In the final scene, a celestial chorus celebrate the union in death of the two lovers.
- Conductor: Heinz Wallberg
- Principal singers: Ferry Gruber, Raimund Grumbach, Nikolaus Hillebrand, Urszula Koszut, Hildegard Laurich, Theodor Nicolai, Adolf Dallapozza, Paul Hansen, Alexander Malta, Gudrun Wewezow, Joern W. Wilsing, Heinrich Weber, Anton Rosner
- Recording date: 1980?
- Label: Musiques Suisses – 6263 (2 CDs)
- Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Romeo und Julia, 13 April 1940". Almanacco Amadeus (Italian).