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

“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.

II.ii.61f Balcony Scene: Romeo courts Juliet

“Tonight” composed by Leonard Bernstein from West Side Story (film, 1961, dir. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), performed by Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer.

IV.iii: Juliet takes the potion

“Poison Aria” or “Dieu! Quel frisson court dans les veines!” from Charles Gounod’s opera Romeo et Juliette. Listen to and watch Anna Netrebko perform the aria here. Subtitles are provided.

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