Evan Rogister leads a new production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet at the Washington National Opera on November 4, 6, 10, 12, 15, 17 & 18. The new production will be directed by one of the foremost Shakespeare directors, Simon Godwin, in his opera staging debut. With Romeo and Juliet, the WNO joins organizations across the Washington, D.C., region in Shakespeare Everywhere, an exciting festival celebrating the works of William Shakespeare.

Rogister conducts a phenomenal cast, including Rosa Feola as Juliet, Adam Smith as Romeo, Justin Austin as Mercutio, and Duke Kim as Tybalt. Rogister noted, “By its very nature, opera is an interplay of words and music. But rarely is a score as inspired by text as Romeo and Juliet. In four gorgeous duets written for the star-crossed lovers, Gounod captures the arc of their relationship from infatuation to deep love, from a dream-state to tragedy.”