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The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare’s great romantic play - has inspired composers, opera producers, and ballet directors for centuries. Here is a selection of some of the greatest musical versions.
The ballet pioneer was only 20 when he became the first English composer to have a work taken up by Diaghilev. His ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was premiered by the Russian master in Monte Carlo. The story presents scenes from Shakespeare’s play acted out within the context of rehearsals for a ballet of the story.
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