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11 June 2018, 11:56
‘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.