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Romeo and Juliet


Apr. 29 - May 11, 2022

A story as timeless as love itself

Gounod’s sweeping adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, returns to the Wortham in a dazzling new production that will transport audiences to an evening at the London Globe. With a large chorus, big, rich harmonies, intricate dance numbers, and sumptuous costumes, this is French grand opera at its finest. The story opens in Verona, where the star cross’d lovers’ families are feuding. As the tale goes, tragedy strikes, and Romeo and Juliet need to choose family or true love. Along the way, the doomed couple sing four romantic duets that are so beautiful, they will warm even the coldest heart. Radiant soprano Adriana Gonzalez makes her HGO debut as Juliet opposite beloved tenor Michael Spyres.

Co-production with The Atlanta Opera and The Dallas Opera

Performance Dates: 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Sunday, May 1m, 2022

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    2 hours, 43 minutes. One intermission.
  • Language
    Sung in French with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative

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Michael Spyres


Ricardo Garcia

Ricardo Garcia

Romeo (Student Performance Cast)

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Adriana Gonzalez


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Elena Villalón

Juliet (Student Performance Cast)

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Thomas Glass


Luke Sutliff

Mercutio (Student Performance Cast)

Nicholas Newton

Friar Lawrence

Donnie Ray Albert

Lord Capulet

Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor


Sun Ly Pierce

Sun-Ly Pierce


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William Guanbo Su

Duke of Verona

Emily Treigle

Emily Treigle


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Blake Denson


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Carlos Enrique Santelli


Geoffrey Hahn


Creative Team
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Patrick Summers


Ben Manis

Benjamin Manis

Conductor (Student Performance Cast)

Tomer Zvulun

Tomer Zvulun


Donald Byrd

Associate Director / Choreographer

John Conklin

Original Set Designer

Julia Noulin-Mérat

Co-Set Designer

Gregory Gale

Costume Designer

Thomas Hase

Lighting Designer

Adam Noble

Fight Director / Intimacy Director

Richard Bado
Richard Bado

Chorus Master

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

What People Are Saying

“There’s an ease to [Michael Spyres's] top notes which is thrilling to hear, whilst his lower register is rich and full.” 

- BachTrack  



Safety Remains Our Top Priority

The safety of our staff, cast, technicians, and audiences remains HGO’s first consideration as we plan our upcoming season. While there will be some changes, including the need for flexibility in seating options for the Fall Repertoire, we hope to return to normalcy—or close to it—by the holidays.   

We are grateful to have wonderful partners in Houston Methodist, who have graciously agreed to guide us as we establish safety protocols. In addition, we have consulted prominent physicians and are working in accordance with world health provider recommendations.

For more information on the measures HGO is implementing for live performances please review our safety page.

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