Standing Out in a Crowd: Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet'


THE HIT SINGLE "Ah, Arise O Sun"

The second act centers on the famous balcony scene. Romeo (tenor Juan Diego Flórez) hopes to entice Juliet from her room with the brief but show-stealing aria "Ah, Leve-toi soleil."

THE BSIDE: Juliet's "Waltz Song"

In Act One, during the costume ball, Juliet (soprano Marina Rebeka) 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."