Photo by Karli Cadel


‘Til death do you together.

How can you heighten the drama of Shakespeare’s most famous play? By giving it the French grand opera treatment. Gounod’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet follows Shakespeare’s centuries-old tale and brings this familiar tragedy to an epic crescendo. Romeo Montague has fallen for Juliet Capulet, a member of a rival family in the City of Verona. They secretly marry, but family tensions come to a dramatic peak. A plan is hatched to keep them together; however, it plays out in all the wrong ways resulting in devastating tragedy. With an expansive score, gorgeous sets, and period costumes, you’ll see Shakespeare’s tale as you’ve never experienced it before.

Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15, 2024 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 17, 2024 | 2:00 pm


COMPOSER Charles Gounod

LIBRETTISTS Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

CONDUCTOR Christopher Allen

PRODUCTION by Matthew Ozawa

Understand every word: Performed in French with English subtitles.

Principal Cast

Roméo, Matthew White






Juliette, Andriana Chuchman





Mercutio, Johnathan McCullough





Frère Laurent, Nicholas Newton

Creative Team

Conductor, Christopher Allen
2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award recipient Christopher Allen has led acclaimed performances with Atlanta Symphony, LA Opera, Opera Philadelphia, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Washington National Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, Atlanta Opera, Daegu Opera House, and China National Opera. Recent performances include Aida (Cincinnati Opera), Carmen (Arizona Opera), and Don Giovanni with Florida Grand Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. He made debuts conducting Korean Symphony Orchestra, The Capulets and the Montagues (Opera Omaha), La bohème (Arizona Opera), STARias (Wolf Trap), and The Magic Flute with Des Moines Metro Opera and Opéra de Montréal.

Production, Matthew Ozawa

Show Photos

  • Photo by Karli Cadel for San Diego Opera


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