Eri Nakamura as Juliet and Tara Erraught as Romeo in the Bavarian State Opera production of Bellini's 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi.' Wilfried Hösl/Bavarian State Opera hide caption

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Bellini's Rare Bird: 'The Capulets And The Montagues'

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There are many failed operas based on Romeo and Juliet — Bellini created one of the rare successes.

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Saverio Mercadante's rarely performed opera Virginia from Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland. Clive Barda/Courtesy of Wexford Festival Opera hide caption

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Katia Pellegrino performs the grueling role of Norma in this concert production of Bellini's opera. Wojciech Grzedzinski hide caption

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Elvira (Désirée Rancatore) thinks her fiance is cheating on her -- but he's really saving the exiled Queen. Zeininger/Wiener Staatsoper hide caption

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Amina (Natalie Dessay) isn't actually sleeping with another man -- she's just sleepwalking. Opéra national de Paris/ Julien Benhamou hide caption

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More than 30 years after her death in 1977, Maria Callas' voice continues to thrill and divide fans and experts. EMI Classics hide caption

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