Roméo et Juliette

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(Gounod). Lib. by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré; 5 acts; f.p. Paris 1867, cond. M. Deloffre.

Verona, 13th cent.: Having arrived, uninvited, at a ball in the Capulet palace, Romeo Montague and his friends Mercutio and Benvolio, all masked, see Juliet Capulet and her nurse Gertrude. Juliet's father, Count Capulet, calms down Tybalt (Tebaldo), who is angry with the Montagues for daring to be present. Romeo and Juliet meet, declare their love and agree to marry. Friar Lawrence performs their marriage ceremony. The Montagues’ page, Stéphano, taunts the Capulets and in the duels which ensue, Romeo kills Tybalt and is exiled by the Duke of Verona. Juliet's father tells her she must marry Count Paris. Neither she nor Gertrude dare tell him she is already married. Friar Lawrence gives her a potion to take, which will make her unconscious and apparently dead. She drinks it, collapses, and is taken to the Capulet crypt. Romeo appears, but seeing Juliet he believes she really is dead, and he drinks poison. Juliet wakens to find Romeo dying. She stabs herself with his sword.

Subjects: Opera.

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