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The World's Greatest Music
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.
Benda’s opera was based upon a German translation of Shakespeare's play. While Benda eliminates many of the play’s characters, he makes Julie the strongest and most important character in the opera. He also gives the opera a happy ending. It was not staged in the UK until 2007.
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