Roméo et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet) is known around the world, and this week Ekaterina Gabrilova sings soprano in Juliet’s Waltz. Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest operas in western culture. It is composed 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.
A short chorus sets the scene of the rival families in Verona.
A masked ball in the Capulets’ palace
Tybalt talks to Pâris about Juliette, who appears with her father. Roméo, Mercutio, Benvolio and their friends enter, disguised, and Mercutio sings a ballad about Queen Mab, after which Juliette sings a joyful waltz song. The first meeting between Roméo and Juliette takes place, and they fall in love. But Tybalt re-appears and suspects that the hastily re-masked Roméo is his rival. While Tybalt wants immediate revenge, Capulet orders that the ball continue.
The sizzling Soprano from Russia, Ekaterina Gavrilova, winner of The International Singing Competition “ Musica Classica” in Moscow. Singing, Gilda’s aria from Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto,” Juliet’s Waltz from Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Gavotte from Massenet’s opera “Manon,” and more. Ekaterina gives a short commentary on the pieces. The week of August 19 on The Classical Music Hour with Cristina Botnari at 12 Noon and 8 PM NY time and 8 PM and 4 AM Moscow time on WWW.I-NETRADIO.COM the leader in Classical Music!