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Written in the stars

Ill-fated lovers meet in Gounod’s opera at UNT

Charles Gounod’s French opera Romeo et Juliette gets the grand treatment starting this weekend at the University of North Texas.

UNT Opera and the UNT Symphony Orchestra will present the opera, based on Shakespeare’s immortal story, at 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Lyric Theater at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

“It’s a great masterpiece of the French opera repertoire,” UNT opera conductor Stephen Dubberly said in a news release. “It’s also a huge challenge, and it is very rare to find a university opera program capable of putting on a piece like this. It is truly a grand opera, and calls for incredibly challenging singing and acting, and a high level of artistry from our students.”

For audience members who’d like to know more about the performance, Dubberly will present an “In the Know” lecture 45 minutes before each performance. The lectures will include background information about William Shakespeare and French opera.

UNT’s Murchison Performing Arts Center is located along the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $15 to $35. For tickets, call 940-369-7802 or visit www.thempac.com .

— Staff report