Playing the role of Juliette is superstar soprano Ailyn Pérez (who recently won the prestigious Beverly Sills Award) … “I’m looking at the score fresh, appreciating the music and getting back to the character and putting across telling the story. It’s waking me up to concentrate on who she is, this spirit — she’s like, ‘Marriage? Oh, please.’ Juliette is not the Disney princess.”

Trivia: “When Juliette and Roméo hang out and kiss, as soon as Thibault recognizes Roméo, you hear a total shift of the score,” she says. “You hear fate and destiny. You hear the music completely shift and it’s as if an abyss opens up over and under her. It’s amazing.”

Ellise Pierce – The Fort Worth Star-Telegram