|Paweł Konik as Mercutio (left)|
In 1867, Charles Gounod followed up his successful adaptation of Goethe's Faust into an opera with an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Not wanting to mess with success, he turned to the same librettists that he used for Faust, Jules Barbier and Michel Carre. The duo remained relatively true to the original play by Shakespeare, although the librettists cut a few scenes that didn't deal directly with the two lovers. They also changed the ending, allowing Romeo just enough life to sing a duet before he dies and Juliet stabs herself.
Konik is a member of the Opera Academy at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw.
You can hear him sing "C'est Vers Ton Amour..." from Massenet's Don Quichotte by clicking HERE.
On December 9 and 10, he'll be the baritone soloist in Handel's Messiah at the Annum Festival in Poland.
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