Juliette - Roméo et Juliete - C. Gounod
Opera Carolina - 2016
Virginia Opera - 2016
Toledo Opera - 2016
“Munger’s portrayal of Juliet ran the gamut from giddy teenager to steely defiant youth. Her coloratura technique was pure ease, her range full and crystal clear, her delivery astoundingly sensitive — in short, perfection.”
Marie-Eve Munger was as fine as Juliet... conveying her character’s innocence and freshness as well as her later heartbreak and despair. This is a role which requires a great deal of stamina, with Gounod’s most difficult coloratura writing coming towards the conclusion. By then, her performance had a quality of truth.
Juliet, played with exuberant grace by soprano Marie-Eve Munger, is given numerous opportunities to shine in Gounod’s adaptation, and Munger is adept at seizing them all. In Act I, at Capulet’s feast, she whirls around the stage while delivering Gounod’s famous “Je veux vivre dans le reve (Juliet’s Waltz)” an infectious ode to youthful vitality that clashes with the tragedy we know to be unfolding
On Friday, it was announced that Marie-Eve Munger, who portrayed Juliet, was recovering from bronchitis. If there was any audible effect, it was slight. Once past her opening lines, she gave a lovely performance, portraying a feisty and spirited woman who grows up before the audience’s eyes. Her singing was lyrical, but she could also manage Gounod’s intricate vocal lines, especially in the famous “Waltz Song” in Act I. As the opera proceeded, Juliet was called on to sing more and more dramatically, especially in the “Potion” aria. Munger showed no fatigue and did some of her most poignant singing in the final scene.
Munger handled her coloratura with apparent ease.. Her voice, light and expressive in its middle range, occasionally took on a hard edge as she neared the top, but once there it floated.