Capulet, Juliet

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1 (Juliette) (Gounod: Roméo et Juliette). Sop. Daughter of Count Capulet. She meets and secretly marries Romeo, son of a Montague, long‐standing rivals of her father. After killing Tybalt in a duel, Romeo is exiled. Juliet's father plans her marriage to Count Paris, and in order to avoid this, she drinks a potion which renders her unconscious, and her family believe she is dead. She is taken to the family crypt. Romeo, seeing her apparently dead, swallows poison. She awakens to find him dying and stabs herself with his sword. Duet (with Romeo): Nuit d'hyménée, O douce nuit d'amour (‘Night, Hymeneal, sweetest night of love’). Created (1867) by Maria Caroline Miolan‐Carvalho.

2 (Giulietta) (Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi). Sop. Daughter of the Capulet leader. She is in love with Romeo but her father insists she marry Tebaldo. To avoid this wedding, she takes a sleeping draught to put her in a coma. Romeo thinks she really is dead and takes poison. She regains consciousness to find her lover dying. Aria: O quante volte (‘O how many times’). Created (1830) by (Maria) Rosalbina Caradori‐Allan.

Subjects: Opera.

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