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1 (Roméo) (Gounod: Roméo et Juliette). Ten. Romeo, a Montague, meets and falls in love with the Capulet Juliet and they are secretly married. In a fight he kills Tybalt, Capulet's nephew, and is exiled. When Romeo sees Juliet unconscious he is unaware that, in order to avoid a marriage her father has arranged, she has deliberately taken a potion which makes her simulate death. He believes her to be dead and takes poison. Aria: Ah! lève-toi soleil (‘Ah! fairest dawn arise’). Created (1867) by Pierre Michot.

2 (Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi). Mez. Travesti role. Head of the Montagues, in love with Juliet, but forbidden to marry her by her Capulet father. When Romeo sees her in a coma and thinks she is dead, he swallows poison and, as she wakens, he dies in her arms. Arias: Ecco la tomba (‘Here is the tomb’); Tu sola, O mia Giulietta (‘You alone, my Juliet’). Created (1830) by Giuditta Grisi.

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