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I.iii: Juliet, Nurse, and Lady Capulet discuss Juliet’s potential marriage to Paris


Sergei Prokofiev Ballet, performed at the London Royal Opera House, choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, starring Tamara Rojo as Juliet

Watch 3:07-5:40

Classical Music

Sergei Prokofiev, Op. 75 No. 4 – “Juliet as a young girl,” from 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet for Piano. Performed by A. Gavrilov


“Tu Dois Te Marier” (“You Must Marry”) from the musical Romeo et Juliette: de la Haine à l’Amour (Romeo and Juliet: From Hate to Love) composed and written by Gérard Presgurvic (2001).


Renato Castellani (dir.), Romeo and Juliet (1954)

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Franco Zeffirelli (dir.), Romeo and Juliet (Film) (1968)

Start 3:11, end 7:48

Baz Lurhmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet starring Claire Danes as Juliet.

Vocal Music

“Ah! Je Veux Vivre” from Charles Gounod’s opera Romeo et Juliette. This song discusses Juliet’s feelings about marriage and cherishing her youth. Click the play button under “Zie horen” on this German website to listen to Jana Lady Lou’s performance of the piece:


Here are the lyrics:

FrenchJe veux vivre
Dans ce rêve qui m’enivre
Ce jour encore,
Douce flamme
Je te garde dans mon âme
Comme un trésor!
Je veux vivre, etc.
Cette ivresse de jeunesse
Ne dure, hêlas! qu’un jour!
Puis vient l’heure
Où l’on pleure.
Loin de l’hiver morose
Laisse moi, laisse moi sommeiller
Et respirer la rose,
Avant de l’effeuiller.
Ah! – Ah! – Ah!
Douce flamme!
Reste dans mon âme
Comme un doux trésor
Longtemps encore.
Ah! – Comme un trésor
Longtemps encore.
EnglishI want to live
In this dream which intoxicates me
This day still,
Sweet flame
I keep you in my soul
Like a treasure!
I want to live, etc.
This intoxication of youth
Lasts, alas, only for one day!
Then comes the hour
When one weeps.
Far from the morose winter
Let me, let me slumber
And inhale the rose,
Before plucking its petals.
Ah! – Ah! – Ah!
Sweet flame!
Stay in my soul
Like a sweet treasure
For a long time still.
Ah! – Like a treasure
For a long time still.
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