Romeo & Juliakören
Born of the stage, the ROMEO & JULIA CHOIR honours a musical storytelling tradition. The ensemble sings and emotes, making performance a visual as well as a musical experience. The result is a singular brand of vocal drama. Their eclectic repertoire spans from Italian Renaissance and French Baroque to Slavic songs and fiery folk tunes. The Romeo & Julia Choir treats audiences to a magic carpet ride that features tender tales of love as well as burlesque comedy. Musical interludes in a production 1991 production of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet brought the choir together at Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theatre. Soon, they struck out on their own with musical dramas and Renaissance concerts that display the distinctive flair of their Artistic Director, Benoît Malmberg — a magnificent mélange of song, dance and theatre. The ensemble consists of some fifteen singers and one instrumentalist.
The musical drama format is a fusion of music, drama and choreography. The music enhances the story and the stagecraft boosts the impact of the songs. This dual-force effect has captivated audiences and critics alike at festivals around the world for nearly two decades. The Romeo & Julia Choir’s contemporary approach speaks directly to audiences; no previous knowledge of Renaissance music is necessary. Tours have taken the ensemble to about 30 countries, including Japan, Tibet, Nepal, France, Italy, Albania, Croatia, Iceland, Kosovo, and the US. The Romeo & Julia Choir has also performed at the Nobel Prize banquet on five separate occasions.