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Philip Horst as Capulet and cast

Philip Horst as Capulet and cast

Todd Rosenberg

Lyric Opera's Romeo & Juliet 

When: Mon., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Sun., Feb. 28, 2 p.m., Wed., March 2, 2 p.m., Sat., March 5, 7:30 p.m., Tue., March 8, 7:30 p.m. and Fri., March 11, 7:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $34-$239
There’s one compelling instant in Lyric Opera’s production of Charles Gounod’s 1867 take on Romeo and Juliet: it’s when mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa, in a minor trouser role, launches into a solo that reveals a fabulous voice. Otherwise, the singing—like the score—is all good, but nothing that’ll make your hair stand up. Broadway director Bartlett Sher, saddled with a dud of a French libretto (don’t even bother with the supertitles), opts for something closer to Disney than to Shakespeare: soprano Susanna Phillips is a simpering Juliet in a princess gown, and the swordplay is way better than the love scenes. Eric Cutler is scheduled to take over the role of Romeo from powerhouse tenor Joseph Calleja for the last three performances. —Deanna Isaacs

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