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

THE INTRODUCTION





THE HIT SINGLE:  Juliet's "Waltz Song"

In Act One, during the costume ball, Juliet (soprano Sonya Yoncheva) 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 centers on the famous balcony scene.  Romeo (tenor Roberto Alagna) hopes to entice Juliet from her room with the aria "Ah, Leve-toi soleil."