Jean Lacornerie’s production of Boris Blacher’s recently rediscovered Romeo and Juliet was premièred this Wednesday at the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse by the Opéra de Lyon.
Blacher wrote the opera in 1944 during the Dresden bombing. He condensed the drama into a thrilling and lyric 75-minute opera for 9 instrumentalists, 2 soloists and one vocal ensemble. An intense and highly celebrated operatic event; Philippe Forget led the ensemble.
Further performances will take place on 26 – 28 February and 1, 3 and 4 March.