1995, conducted by Michel Plasson: French tenor Roberto Alagna as Roméo, Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu as Juliette, Belgian bass-baritone José van Dam as Frère Laurent, British baritone Simon Keenlyside as Mercutio, French mezzo-soprano Marie-Ange Todorovitch as Stéphano, and French baritone Alain Fondary as Capulet.
The 1936 Film:
Actor Allusion: Norma Shearer had played Juliet in a parody of the balcony scene in The Hollywood Revue of 1929.
Troubled Production: It ran six months and the budget bloated to well over $2 million, making it MGM's most expensive movie at the time. John Barrymore was also frequently drunk on the set, despite the studio executives trying to prevent it.