Opera Naples presents, 'Roméo et Juliette' Starring Tenor Santiago Ballerini & Jeanette Vecchione-Donatti
Opera Naples presents Gounod's 'Romeo et Juliette' featuring Ramón Tebar, artistic director, Naples Philharmonic, and in partnership with Artis-Naples. Starring in this beautiful opera is Tenor Santiago Ballerini and Soprano Jeanette Vecchione-Donatti. Performances are December 4, 2022 and December 5, 2022 at 7:30pm.
Gounod’s 'Romeo et Juliette', an opera in five acts, tells the story of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy and most ardent romance. Charles Gounod’s retelling of the star-crossed lovers’ tale is bursting with emotional intimacy, bringing the love story to the foreground and allowing the original story’s political landscape to fade into the background. Structured around four exquisitely harmonious and romantic duets, this fully staged presentation of Romeo et Juliette by Opera Naples and the Naples Philharmonic is filled with dazzling waltzes, infectious music, ravishing costumes and passionate romance.
In a recent statement, Laura Burns, the Executive Director of Opera Naples said,
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to present this beloved classic to the community," She also said, “We feel strongly that, now more than ever, the arts play an important role in our community and are excited to partner with Artis—Naples to present this popular retelling of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ We are also grateful for the Opera Naples Guild and their continued support of our organization and look forward to raising a glass to welcome back members and celebrate this fantastic production.” -Laura Burns, Executive Director of Opera Naples
ABOUT THE STARS
Soprano Jeanette Vecchione-Donatti
Starring as Juliette
Internationally acclaimed soprano, Jeanette Vecchione-Donatti is a thrill to audiences both in the opera houses and on concert stages. In repertoire that spans from Handel to Bernstein, she has graced the stages of the Vienna State Opera, Theatres des Champs Elysées, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Massimo di Catania among several others throughout the world in leading roles from the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor to most notably, the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Vecchione-Donatti has appeared as a soloist in concert including prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Philarmoniker Hamburg, NDR Radiophilarmonie and throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Israel and Japan.
Ms. Donatti had the privilege of studying with notable superstars such as Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanewa, Renata Scottish and Natalie Dessay and received a full scholarship to attend The Juilliard School where she graduated with both a Bachelors and Masters in Music. Ms. Vecchione-Donatti, her husband Breno Donatti, owner of Winfield Street Coffee and their two children are now proud residents of Naples.
Tenor Santiago Ballerini
Starring as Romeo
Argentinian tenor Santiago Ballerini is recognized as one of the leading tenors in the Bel Canto repertoire, having appeared at many of the major opera houses throughout North and South America. In the 2019/20 season, Ballerini made his debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He began the season with his return to the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, after which he returned to the Atlanta Opera as Count Almaviva. On the concert platform, the tenor sang Carmina Burana with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. under Gianandrea Noseda, and he began the 2020/21 season in concert with the Porto Symphony Orchestra in Portugal.
This season, Ballerini sang first Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with the Atlanta Opera, as well as his first Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with Opera San Antonio. The tenor began the 2021/22 season with his first Contino Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera at the Teatro Colón, and he will later make his role and house debut as Alzaga in The Magic Opal at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid. In the fall of 2022, Ballerini will perform La traviata at Opera Nacional de Chile, Pecheurs des Perles at Teatro Colón and later in the Spring of 2023 will debut the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Cincinnati Opera.
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