“What is not to like about the Santa Fe Opera’s first production of French composer Charles Gounod’s 150-year-old opera, Roméo et Juliette?

Opening night on Saturday introduced a work of passionately clashing circles of romantic love and social hatred, ecstasy and oppression, sunrise and sunset, larks and nightingales, death in life and life in death.

There are beautiful sets, magnificent tableaux, four unforgettable duets and poetic language sung with feeling by a talented pair of young lovers … the magnetic, coloratura soprano Ailyn Pérez …”

Roger Snodgrass and Carl Newton – Los Alamos Daily Post