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Roméo et Juliette
Educator Guide (Spanish)
"Va, repose en paix" (treble)

Roméo et Juliette

Story & Setting:

Like many composers, Gounod and his librettists, Barbier and Carré, found inspiration in the tragically beautiful story of Shakespeare’s ill-fated, young lovers. They did, however, decide to augment the beloved work by adding a typical operatic element: a final reunion duet for the lovers before their deaths. Bartlett Sher’s production moves the action to Verona in the 18th Century.

Opera Notes:

Roméo et Juliette is one of the best examples of French Romanticism in music, which centers on vocal subtlety and grace rather than fireworks. Gounod's sumptuous harmony and vocal writing highlight the brightest and darkest moments in the drama, and make this opera a feast for the senses. It is no surprise that this became the most successful operatic adaptation of the famous romance.

Sung in

French

Length: 

3 hours

Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Watch/Listen


"Fight Scene" (Vittorio Grigolo, Elliot Madore & Diego Silva)

Met Opera (current production)


Juliette's Poison Aria "Amour, ranime mon courage"(Ailyn Pérez)

Met Opera (current production)