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Romeo et Juliette

Artist Alberto Erede
Title Romeo et Juliette
Release Date Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Genre Opera > Opera
Copyright © Preiser Records
Country AUSTRIA

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Paperback Opera

The play begins with a prologue in the form of a sonnet. The speaker explains to the audience that the story concerns two warring families in Verona, Italy, and how the feud between them is ended in a manner which neither side could have wanted or expected. The action starts with a typical street-brawl between the two families, started by their servants and put down by the Prince of Verona. He fines the heads of both families and declares severe penalties, including death, for those who disturb the peace again, and leaves. Paris, a nobleman and the Prince’s relative, talks to old Capulet about marrying his thirteen-year-old daughter Juliet. The Capulet demurs, citing the girl’s young age: “My child is yet a stranger in the world; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years.” Paris persists, arguing “Younger than she are happy mothers made.” The Capulet asks him to attract the attention of Juliet during a masquerade ball that the family is to hold a day later. Meanwhile Juliet’s mother tries to persuade her young daughter to accept Paris’s wooing during their coming ball. The question of Juliet’s age is again raised, as her mother, echoing Paris, declares, “younger than you / Here in Verona, ladies of esteem / Are made already mothers.” Juliet does not want Paris, but, being a dutiful daughter, accedes to her mother’s wishes. This scene also introduces Juliet’s nurse, the most amusing character in the play, who recounts a bawdy anecdote about Juliet, punctuated with religious ejaculations. At the ball, Rome falls instead for Juliet. He stays behind, risking his life by remaining on Capulet property, to catch another glimpse of Juliet at her room, and in the famous balcony scene, the two eloquently declare their love for each other. The young lovers decide to marry without informing their parents, because they would undoubtedly disallow it due to the planned union between Paris and Juliet. With the help of Juliet’s Nurse and the priest Friar Lawrence, the two are wedded days later. Friar Lawrence performs the ceremony, hoping to bring the two families to peace with each other through their mutual union. Things take a darker turn in the next Act. Tybalt, a bloodthirsty Capulet and Juliet’s cousin, decides to seek out Romeo for appearing in the Capulets’ house uninvited. Romeo refuses to fight him because he is now part of his family, but his close friend Mercutio accepts the duel on his behalf. In the ensuing fight Mercutio is fatally wounded by Tybalt and Romeo, in his anger, kills Tybalt. Although under the Prince of Verona’s prior proclamation Romeo would be subject to the death penalty, the Prince reduces Romeo’s punishment to exile in light of the fact that Tybalt initiated the duel. Romeo flees to Mantua. Juliet is extremely grieved when she hears this, and when she realizes that her father will force her to go through with the marriage to Pars, she seeks the help of Friar Lawrence once more. Friar Lawrence, an expert in herbal medicines and potions, gives Juliet a potion and a plan: the potion will put her in a death-like coma for two days; she is to take it before her marriage day, and when discovered dead, she will be laid in the family crypt. Meanwhile, the Friar will send a messenger to inform Romeo so that he can re-join her when she awakes. The two can then leave for Mantua and live happily ever after. Juliet takes the potion, and things proceed as planned. Unfortunately, the Friar’s messenger is unable to reach Romeo due to mantua being under quarantine, and Romeo learns only of Juliet’s supposed “death” through a family servant. Grief-stricken he buys some strong poison, returns to Verona in secret, and proceeds to the Capulets’ crypt, determined to join Juliet in death. He drinks the poison after seeing Juliet one last time. Seconds later Juliet awakens and sees Romeo dying. Juliet cannot imagine a rewarding life without Romeo and so she stabs herself fatally with his dagger. The two lovers lie dead by each other’s sides, madly in love and devoted until the last breath of life.

On Air

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    Ah! ah! voici nos gens! (Roméo et Juliette) (Pierre Mollet / Louis Rialland / Camille Rouquetty / Claudine Collart / Raoul Jobin / André Philippe / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Charles Cambon)
    Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce reve (Roméo et Juliette) (Janine Micheau / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Raoul Jobin)
    Allons! jeunes gens! (Roméo et Juliette) (Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Charles Cambon)
    Ange adorable, ma main coupable (Roméo et Juliette) (Janine Micheau / Raoul Jobin / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    Ballet Music (Roméo et Juliette) (Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    Console-toi, pauvre ame (Roméo et Juliette) (Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Raoul Jobin / Janine Micheau)
    Depuis hier, je cherche en vain mon maitre! (Roméo et Juliette) (Claudine Collart / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    Dieu qui fis l`homme a ton image! (Roméo et Juliette) (Janine Micheau / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Raoul Jobin / Odette Ricquier / Heinz Rehfuss)
    Ecoutez! ecoutez! (Roméo et Juliette) (Janine Micheau / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    Eh bien! cher Paris, que vous semble Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette) (Louis Rialland / Camille Rouquetty / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Charles Cambon)
    Enfin la place est libre, amis! (Roméo et Juliette) (Pierre Mollet / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Raoul Jobin)
    Helas! moi, le hair! (Roméo et Juliette) (Janine Micheau / Raoul Jobin / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    Juliet`s sleep (Roméo et Juliette) (Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    Juliette! Ah! le ciel soit loue! (Roméo et Juliette) (Heinz Rehfuss / Odette Ricquier / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Charles Cambon / Janine Micheau)
    L`amour! (Roméo et Juliette) (Raoul Jobin / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    L`heure s`envole joyeuse et folle Chorus (Roméo et Juliette) (Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    Le Duc! Le Duc! (Roméo et Juliette) (Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Charles Cambon)
    Ma fille, cede aux voeux du fiance qui t`aime! (Roméo et Juliette) (Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Janine Micheau / Charles Cambon)
    Mab, la reine des mensonges (Roméo et Juliette) (Janine Micheau / Pierre Mollet / Odette Ricquier / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    Mon pere! Dieu vous garde! (Roméo et Juliette) (Janine Micheau / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Raoul Jobin / Heinz Rehfuss)
    Mon pere! tout est perdu! (Roméo et Juliette) (Heinz Rehfuss / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Janine Micheau)
    O nuit divine! Je t`implore! (Roméo et Juliette) (Janine Micheau / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Raoul Jobin / Odette Ricquier)
    O nuit! sous tes ailes obscures abrite-moi! (Roméo et Juliette) (Pierre Mollet / Raoul Jobin / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    Ou suis-je? (Roméo et Juliette) (Janine Micheau / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Raoul Jobin)
    Quelqu`un! C`est mon cousin Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette) (Pierre Mollet / Louis Rialland / Raoul Jobin / Janine Micheau / Charles Cambon / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)
    Salut! tombeau sombre et silencieux! (Roméo et Juliette) (Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Raoul Jobin)
    Va! je t`ai pardonne (Roméo et Juliette) (Raoul Jobin / Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris / Janine Micheau)
    Verone vit jadis deux familles rivales (Roméo et Juliette) (Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre National de l´Opéra, Paris)