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The Capulets and the Montagues

San Francisco Opera

September 29 - October 19

Bellini's <em>Capulets and the Montagues</em>Based on the Italian story that yielded Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this opera features some exquisite arias, especially Giulietta’s “Oh quante volte” from Act 1. But mainly it’s an ensemble opera, in which the partnership of the superb mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and the “it’s about time we heard her” soprano Nicole Cabell could potentially take your breath away. Throw in the debut of tenor Saimir Pirgu, the eagerly awaited return of bass Eric Owens, and the gifted Adler baritone Ao Li, not to mention a new production, and there’s every reason to grab this one.

Jason Victor Serinus is a music critic, professional whistler, and lecturer on classical vocal recordings. His credits includes Seattle Times, Listen, Opera News, Opera Now, American Record Guide, Stereophile, Classical Voice North America, Carnegie Hall Playbill, Gramophone, San Francisco Magazine, Stanford Live, Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco Examiner, AudioStream, and California Magazine.