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I Capuleti e i Montecchi
(The Capulets and Montagues)
Vicenzo Bellini

April 2016

Vicenzo Bellini wrote this Opera in 1830 and he is well known for his very long melodies, about which Verdi raved. It is the story of Romeo and Juliet, but the source is not from Shakespeare’s play, never the less a familiar tale.

James Hurley directed the last production for Pop-up, the fabulous L’Italiana, and he is directing this piece. It is no surprise that he is giving it a special twist and production is being set with a sense that the feuding families are rival Italian Mafia groups, which is a really exciting take on this age-old tale of Romeo and Juliet.

Experience the most tragic love story of all time, where two star-crossed lovers – Romeo and Juliet – find their worlds ripped apart by criminal warfare against the backdrop of Italy’s bloody gang rivalry. Witness how their all-consuming passion tries to survive amidst violence, hatred and debauchery.
“You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you…”

Bellini’s classic bel-canto opera is brought to life in an intense chamber production by the critically acclaimed Pop-Up Opera, sung in Italian with English captions.