Romeo und Julie - Georg Benda (1776)
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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in music
4. Romeo und Julie - Georg Benda (1776)
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.