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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.
Notable for its four duets for the main characters, this opera was a huge success for Gounod. It was soon parodied at the Théâtre Déjazet, as 'Rhum et eau en juillet' - 'Rum and Water in July'. The opera was first seen in London in July 1867 and remains a popular work in the repertoire. Pictured is the 2011 Opera Company of Philadelphia production.
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