The exceedingly star-crossed lovers created by Shakespeare in his tragic tale of two Italian families locked in perpetual and foolhardy conflict, are naturals for musical treatment. Their every line is a kind of song. If Charles Gounod didn't capture all of that potential in his 1867 opera Romeo et Juliette, he certainly came close, pouring out some of his finest melodies and most beautifully nuanced orchestration.
The Baltimore Opera Company's attractive, traditional production reveals the work's overall quality and gets to its romantic heart, thanks to a persuasive pair of singers tackling the title roles for the first time in their careers.
If you go Romeo et Juliette will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $45 to $132. Call 410-727-6000 or go to baltimoreopera.com.