Charles Gounod

CHARLES GOUNOD is the author of 12 operas, of which the most popular had always been Faust and Roméo et Juliette. The French audience applauded the premiere of the opera Roméo et Juliette on April 27th, 1867 at Théâtre Lyrique in Paris. The opinion is that Gounod has recreated very truly the Shakespeare’s play. This is a great success, given that after the dramatic symphony Romeo and Juliet by Hector Berlioz (1839) in the XIX century, Shakespeare was revered in France along with the greatest French authors. The opera comprises five acts to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. L’amour… Ah! Lève-toi, soleil! (Love… Ah, son, rise up) is Romeo’s second-act aria. He watches Juliet on the balcony and sings of her beauty, which is like the sun. The lyrics are almost an exact translation of the Shakespeare’s verses from Romeo and Juliet.

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