The opening-night cast included soprano Maureen O'Flynn, filling in on short notice for an ailing Natalie Dessay, as Juliette and tenor Ram‹n Vargas as Rom_o. Baritone St_phane Degout was Mercutio; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato was St_phano; and Kristinn Sigmundsson was Frre Laurent.
Guy Joosten is the director; the production team includes set designer Johannes Leiacker, costume designer Jorge Jara, lighting designer David Cunningham, and choreographer Sean Curran. Bertrand de Billy is the conductor.
Performances resume tomorrow, with Dessay back in the cast, and run through December 1 and February 21-March 9, 2006.
Photos by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.