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Roméo et Juliette

Charles Gounod

Romeo, a member of the Montague family, bitter enemies of the Capulets, attends celebrations in the home of the Capulets in disguise. There he meets Capulet´s daughter Juliet, and falls in love with her. In the garden beneath Juliet´s balcony he declare his love for her, and she returns his love. The couple resolve to marry. Friar Laurence marries the couple in secret, hoping by doing so to bring about a reconciliation between the two families. However, soon afterwards there is yet another quarrel in the streets of Verona. Juliet´s cousin Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel, which he initially declines for Juliet´s sake. However, when Tybalt fatally through. The Prince of Verona banishes him for his crime. One last time, Romeo visits Juliet in secret to bid her farewell. The next morning Capulet tells his daughter in the presence of Friar Laurence that she will have to may Paris. However, Friar Laurence gives her a sleeping potion that will make her appear dead. Juliet collapses during the wedding ceremony and is laid to rest in the family crypt. Romeo does not receive a message telling him that Juliet is not really dead. He enters the Capulet family crypt, and, believing Juliet dead, takes poison. At this moment Juliet awakens to find the dying Romeo at her side. When she realizes what has happened, she stabs herself.

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