Watch this soprano perform one of the most difficult arias ever written

11 June 2018, 11:56

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. 

Aida will also be performing at the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, on Thursday 14 June. Find out more > 

Aida Garifullina
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