The operatic masterpiece The Capulets and the Montagues differs from its most famous Shakespearean version mainly in that it does not present the whole story but only the last day of the life of the Veronian lovers; a feeling of melancholy that concludes with a tragic ending. The lovers are in a deep emotional relationship from the very beginning, and the story ends with one of the most heart-stopping final scenes from the operatic repertoire. In it, both Romeo and Juliet are alive to the very end. Before they die together, they sing a duet. Director Frank van Laecke, who already directed the operas Katja Kabanova, Lucia Lammermoor and The Maid of Orleans on our stage, puts Bellini's version of the famous story in a photo studio in Verona in 1945.