Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher makes Lyric Opera debut with new-to-Chicago production of “Romeo and Juliet”

Romeo Juliet

Nine performances only, February 22-March 19, 2016

Presented in conjunction with the Shakespeare 400 Chicago festival



CHICAGO  – Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a new-to-Chicago production of Romeo and Juliet, Feb. 22-March 19, 2016, helmed by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher—who makes his Lyric debut fresh off directing the four-time Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater. Lyric’s Romeo and Juliet is presented in conjunction with the Shakespeare 400 Chicago international arts festival, for which Lyric is a partner organization.


Romeo and Juliet opens on Monday, Feb. 22 with 9 performances through Saturday, March 19. Performance dates are Feb. 22, March 5, 8, 11 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 25 and 28, March 2 and 19 at 2 p.m. The production is presented in French with projected English titles. For tickets and more information call 312-827-5600 or visit


He’s a Montague and she’s a Capulet—families who have hated each other for centuries. Yet when Romeo (tenors Joseph Calleja Feb. 22-March 8 and Eric Cutler March 11-19) meets Juliet (soprano Susanna Phillips), they fall instantly and rapturously in love. Secretly, they marry—but Shakespeare’s famed young couple is ultimately doomed. Featuring five iconic love duets and soaring music for the chorus and orchestra, Charles Gounod’s music breathes life into the world’s most iconic romantic tragedy.


The acclaimed creative team for Romeo and Juliet includes Tony Award winners Michael Yeargan (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes) and Jennifer Tipton (lighting). The production is conducted by Emmanuel Villaume with Michael Black as chorus master.

Lyric Opera’s presentation of Romeo and Juliet generously made possible by the NIB Foundation, Julie and Roger Baskes, Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell, and PowerShares QQQ.


About Lyric

Founded in 1954, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s mission is to express and promote the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great opera. Lyric exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to Chicago and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form.


Lyric is dedicated to producing and performing consistently thrilling, entertaining and thought-provoking opera with a balanced repertoire of core classics, lesser-known masterpieces and new works; to creating an innovative and wide-ranging program of community engagement and educational activities; and to developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.


Under the leadership of general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and creative consultant Renée Fleming, Lyric strives to become The Great North American Opera Company for the 21st century: a globally significant arts organization embodying the core values of excellence, relevance and fiscal responsibility.


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