Breaking the Mold: Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet'

INTRODUCTION

By Lisa Simone





THE HIT SINGLE: Juliet's "Waltz Song" 

In Act One, during the costume ball, Juliet declares herself uninterested in marriage, knowing her youth will be over all too soon, in the aria "Je veux vivre," also known as her "Waltz Song."

 





THE B SIDE: "Ah, Arise O Sun" 

The second act features the famous balcony scene. Romeo hopes to entice Juliet from her room with the aria "Ah, Leve-toi soleil."