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New Production

Romeo and Juliet


Apr. 29 - May 11, 2022

A story as timeless a 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, conducted by Speranza Scappucci, also in her company debut.

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
    3 hours. One intermission.
  • Language
    Sung in French with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative

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Michael Spyres


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Adriana Gonzalez


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Thomas Glass


Nicholas Newton

Friar Lawrence

Donnie Ray Albert

Lord Capulet

Creative Team
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Patrick Summers - Margaret Alkek Williams Chair


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John Conklin

Original Set Designer

Julia Noulin-Merat

Scenic Adaptation

Gregory Gale

Costume Designer

Thomas Hase

Lighting Designer

Richard Bado

Richard Bado

Chorus Master

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  



Important 2021-22 Season Updates

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. The measures HGO is implementing for live performances could include temperature checks before entering the building; a mask requirement that will be in effect throughout the building, including in seats; social distancing; and increased hand sanitation stations.  

More information on HGO’s safety protocols is available here. 

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