Riccardo Zandonai

Giulietta e Romeo

in co-production with Battery Park City Authority

JUNE 4TH AND 5TH, 9:00PM EST

Festival of New York

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Giulietta e Romeo is dedicated to Francesco and Mary Giambelli

​GIULIETTA E ROMEO
TRAGEDIA IN TRE ATTI
LIBRETTO | ARTURO ROSSATO

As Federica Fortunato, scientific director of the Riccardo Zandonai International Study Center in Rovereto wrote, “the story lends itself to being a metaphor for our time: love, tenderness, friendship opposed to the logic of blood and power”. The epilogue is heartbreaking, but in reliving the emotions of Juliet and Romeo we all cultivate the image of that suffocated youth, as a noble response to the perverse conventions of the world. An alternative life in these years of pandemic and with horror in the heart of Europe.

Giulietta e Romeo, 3 acts of love, passion, death and tragedy stripped down to their most pure and intimate. The site-specific production will take place in Robert F. Wagner Jr.Park, Battery Park City, positioned next to New York’s waterfront with one of the most iconic views in the city, the Statue of Liberty in clear view.

With this production Teatro Grattacielo celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the opera, premiered on 14 February 1922 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome.

Creative Team

*Parsons School of Design student
** Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute New York student
*** The New York Makeup Academy Student

​The New York Institute of Technology creative team

Cast

* Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School alumni

Cover Cast

Chorus

SOPRANO: ANNA SIMON*

MEZZO: TAMMILYN KIM*

TENOR: KEVIN COURTEMANCHE, BRIAN K WRIGHT, NETZA JIMENEZ*

BARITONE/BASS: DAYVEN MARTINEZ*, ADAM JAGGERNAUTH*

* Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School students/alumni

Actors

The Teatro Grattacielo Orchestra

Violin I Bryan Hernandez-Luch (concert master), Lisa Matricardi, Hiroko Taguchi, Paul Woodiel

Violin II Regi Papa, Orlando Wells, Kristina Musser

Viola Artie Dibble, Will Curry, Katie von Braun

Cello Peter Sachon, Laura Bontrager

Bass Pawel Knapik

Flute & Piccolo John Romeri, Karen Bogardus

Oboe & English Horn Alex Knoll

Clarinet Nuno Antunes, Pascal Archer

Bassoon Damian Primus, Gina Cuffari

French Horn Rachel Drehmann, Kyle Hoyt

Trumpet John Sheppard, Hugo Moreno

Trombone & Bass Trombone Julie Dombroski, Max Seigel

Timpani & Percussion Kory Grossman, Clara Warnaar

Piano Annbritt DuChateau

Harp Grace Paradise

Stage Managers

LUCI BURDICK | STAGE MANAGER
REBECCA BLANCO PRIM | ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
ANDREW CATES | ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

LIGHTING/SOUND/STAGE TECH TEAM

SYNOPSIS

ACT 1

Small square in Verona at the Palace of the Capuleti, night

The Capuleti led by Tebaldo crash a party thrown by their sworn enemy, the Montecchi. A heated argument occurs that is interrupted by a mysterious masked stranger. Before things can escalate further guards are heard approaching. The group flees, all goes dark. Only the masked man remains, hiding while the town crier passes by. When all is clear, the masked man reemerges: it is Romeo. Giulietta greets her lover, Romeo. The two youth steal a moment to profess their eternal love despite their families’ enmity. Romeo leaves his beloved with a final kiss at dawn.

ACT 2

Courtyard in the Palace of the Capuleti, late afternoon

Tebaldo learns about Giulietta and Romeo and has come to the palace to confront her. Giulietta brings shame to the family, she has been promised to Count Lodrone. Giulietta refuses, swearing herself to Romeo. Shouts can be heard from the street, more fighting between the two families—Romeo is sure to be among them. Tebaldo leaves, seeking revenge.

With the help of Isabella the handmaid, Romeo eventually makes his way to Giulietta. Soon they are discovered by an enraged Tebaldo who challenges Romeo to a fight. Romeo unsuccessfully tries to reason and when forced to defend himself, tragically kills Tebaldo. Giulietta and Isabella scream, causing a commotion in the chamber. Taking advantage of the moment, the two manage to drag Romeo down a secret passage. It is clear Romeo’s only option now is to escape from Verona. A painful goodbye between the lovers, Giulietta is left sobbing.

ACT 3

First picture: square in Mantua, afternoon

Romeo successfully escapes to Mantua, where he awaits a return message from Verona. A storm is brewing in the distance, Romeo paces in the town square lost in thought. His mind slowly comes to focus when he hears a nearby street performer sing about the death of Giulietta, the “most beautiful flower in Verona”. He violently urges the singer to tell him more and learns that Giulietta died just before her marriage to Count Lodrone. The storm arrives just as the messenger appears to confirm the singer’s story. Now with nothing to keep him, Romeo sets off in the downpour towards Verona.

Second picture: the chapel of the Capuleti, dawn

Romeo arrives at a locked gate, he sees his Giulietta but cannot get to her. He desperately begs her to wake up and come to him. With no response, he is certain she is dead. Defeated, he pulls out a jar of poison and drinks it greedily, going down contorted in pain. As the sky clears, Giulietta opens her eyes and stands up. She is shocked to see her lover barely moving on the ground. She opens the gate and throws herself into his arms. After a few heartfelt kisses, Romeo regretfully explains he took poison. A realization sets in that these are their last moments together. They can’t help but tell their sides of the story. Giulietta reveals that to avoid the wedding she took a potion that put her in a death-like state, she sent a messenger with the plan. Romeo tells her about his wild ride ... one last kiss.

Giulietta cannot, will not, live without Romeo. She sinks down beside him.

The lovers die together entwined in their ill-fated love. The morning bells ring, sunshine greets a new day.

Giulietta e Romeo is dedicated to FRANCESCO AND MARY GIAMBELLI

Frank Giambelli had a long career as proprietor of few of the most celebrated Italian restaurants in New York City. In 1956, Francesco opened Giambelli’s Ristorante on Madison Avenue and 37th Street in New York, where Italian American cuisine was elevated to culinary greatness. In 1960, he and Mary opened Giambelli’s 50th Ristorante on 50th Street near St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Later, Francesco and Mary took over the charming Mercurio Ristorante on West 56th Street in Manhattan. The couple established The Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation with the intention of creating a legacy that would continue their lifetime charitable intentions and promote the ideals of Italian American Culture.

The Foundation donated items to the CIA that follow his life and career from Voghera, Italy, where he was born in 1915 and opened his first restaurant in 1948, to America, where he met his wife and launched a restaurant that would serve New Yorkers for more than 50 years. Giambelli 50th, known for its impeccable service and authentic Northern Italian cuisine, was a place where both U.S. presidents and tourists were welcomed and entertained by the Giambellis and their staff. It closed in 2009, three years after Mr. Giambelli’s death.

OUR PARTNERS

GETTING HERE:

LOCATION

Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park

16 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280

TRAIN

4, 5 to Bowling Green

1 to South Ferry

R, W to Whitehall/South Ferry

PATH Trains Go to PATH site

BUS

M20, Free Downtown Connection

buses stop at Battery Place & West St.

FERRIES AND BOAT

Pier 11/Wall street, Brookfield Place

Go to nywaterway.com

Whitehall Ferry Terminal

BIKING

If biking to Wagner Park, bike racks are located nearby to secure your bicycle. Bikes are not allowed on the lawns during the show in the interest of keeping the space accessible to all visitors.

CITY BIKE

The closest Citibike stations to Wagner Park are at Broadway & Battery Pl and on LIttle West St & 1 Pl. Additional locations nearby.

PARKING

Unfortunately, street parking is not always available in this part of town. We encourage the use of public transportation as much as possible or try a local lot:

FAQ:

IS WAGNER PARK AN ALL-AGES VENUE?

All ages are welcome, but please be aware that performances will start late at 9PM due to use of projections which will need darkness.

WILL THERE BE SEATING?

A limited number of chairs will be pre-set on performance nights. Doors open at 8PM. Seating is first-come, first served sooooo… BYOLawnChairs! Lawn chairs are welcome to be placed outside the pre-set seating area with clear sight lines to the stage from several directions. If the venue gets crowded, patrons may be asked to make room to allow for more guests.

ARE DOGS ALLOWED?

No. We love your dogs, but unfortunately they are not allowed on the lawns. Only service dogs assisting patrons with disabilities are allowed.

WHAT IS THE POLICY FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILMING IN WAGNER PARK?

Battery Park City Authority and Teatro Grattacielo reserve the right to prohibit photography and video during the performance. Professional cameras and video accessories (tripods, microphones, extra lighting) are
not allowed without prior consent. Thank you for being respectful of
the artists and the other members of the audience.

IS FOOD/DRINK AVAILABLE DURING THE PERFORMANCE?

Audiences may bring outside food to picnic on the surrounding lawns near the show site. Stay tuned for more information about concessions at a later date.

ARE THERE RESTROOMS AVAILABLE?

Yes. On-site restrooms will be available throughout the evening.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

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WHAT TO WEAR:

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Sponsors

Giambelli Foundation
Columbus Citizens Foundation
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Pinktie
Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

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