This aria is so acrobatic it actually gives you life

5 April 2017, 10:32

aida je veux vivre gounod

By Lizzie Davis

‘Je veux vivre’ from Gounod’s opera Roméo et Juliette is a stunning piece of vocal gymnastics. Here’s a stunning performance from the Vienna State Opera by the phenomenal soprano Aida Garifullina

Gounod’s operatic retelling of Shakespeare’s famous story of star-crossed lovers isn’t particularly well known today (partly because it’s a bit of a bonkers version).

But this aria, sung by Juliet near the beginning of the opera, has become a concert favourite. And it’s not hard to see why

Please enjoy these vocal fireworks from Aida

'Je veux vivre' from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette

Brilliant soprano Aida sings the acrobatic aria

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