Roméo et Juliette

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Roméo et Juliette

Not lovers but brother (right) and sister (left).

Roméo et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet) is an opéra in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique (Théâtre-Lyrique Impérial du Châtelet), Paris on 27 April 1867. This opera is notable for the series of four duets for the main characters and the waltz song "Je veux vivre" for the soprano.

Performance history

Gounod's opera Faust had become popular at the Théâtre Lyrique since its premiere in 1859 (it was performed over 300 times between 1859 and 1868) and this led to a further commission from the director Carvalho. Behind the scenes there were difficulties in casting the lead tenor, and Gounod was said to have composed the last act twice, but after the public general rehearsal and first night it was hailed as a major success for the composer. Its success was aided by the presence of dignitaries in Paris for the Exhibition, several of whom attended performances. A parody soon appeared at the Théâtre Déjazet, entitled Rhum et eau en juillet (Rum and Water in July).

The opera entered the repertoire of the Opéra-Comique on 20 January 1873 (with Deloffre and Carvalho returning to their roles from the premiere), where it received 391 performances in 14 years. On 28 November 1888 Roméo et Juliette transferred to the Paris Opéra, with Adelina Patti and Jean de Reszke in the leading roles.[3] The opera was first seen in London (with Patti and Mario) on 11 July 1867 and in New York (with Minnie Hauk) at the Academy of Music on 15 November of that year.

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Comments (9)

bdeh on April 13, 2013

Maar goed dat het gras niet hoog staat Erik, erg grappige foto. Groeten Berend

Erik van den Ham on April 13, 2013

Ook daar weten ze wel raad mee Berend met flinke sprongen komen ze er dan wel door.

Groeten, Erik

bdeh on April 13, 2013

Naar had je ze dan ook kunnen fotograferen Erik? Groeten Berend

janamare26 on April 14, 2013

So cute photo.Like.Greetings,Mirjana

Erik van den Ham on April 14, 2013

Dat was idd. wat lastiger geweest Berend!

They are indeed Mirjana they have a lot of fun together.

Groeten, Greetings, Erik

sogesehen on April 14, 2013

super ys M

Erik van den Ham on April 14, 2013

Herzlichem dank sogesehen!

roeli bindels on April 23, 2013

teckels........heerlijke ondeugende honden....:) leuke foto!! gr. roeli

Erik van den Ham on April 25, 2013

Dat kan je wel stellen Roeli boefjes zijn het!

Groetjes, Erik

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