Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Live in HD Preview: Grigolo & Damrau Chemistry On Display For Entire World in ‘Roméo et Juliette’

Photo by Kristian Schuller/Metropolitan Opera. Diana Damrau as Juliette and Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.

Having a hard time catching the explosive chemistry between superstars Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau at the Metropolitan Opera in this year’s “Roméo et Juliette?” You can catch them in cinemas this weekend anywhere in the world on Saturday, Jan. 21., 2017

As part of the Met’s Live in HD series, the company will showcase the third-to-last performance of this run which has garnered accolades for the Italian tenor and German soprano. OperaWire raved about the two noting that “there can be no denying that the best moments for both singers came when they were onstage together, their vocal and emotional bond truly immersive… The chemistry that Damrau and Grigolo engender is too contagious to ignore and that makes this ‘Romeo et Juliette’ a truly thrilling and, at times, sexy experience.”

The opera is based on the Shakespearean classic and features a new production directed by Met mainstay Bartlett Sher.

The broadcast kicks off at 12:55 p.m. with a full running time of about three hours. There is one intermission.

This is the fifth opera in this season’s series. The first showcase of Live in HD in 2016-17 was Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” which was followed up by Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” and Verdi’s “Nabucco.

To find out a theater near you that is featuring “Nabucco,” click here. Those unable to get a ticket for the opera can still catch it on the radio.

And just to get pumped for seeing the duo at their best:




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David Salazar
Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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