Romeo And Juliet: All About The Love Duets

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Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo and Diana Damrau as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.

This week, the He Sang/She Sang team is joined by WQXR morning show host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet. Hear how this opera is really a vehicle for four gorgeous love duets, how opera companies protect their "gazillion dollar voices" from dangers on stage and what makes the brand-spanking-new production at the Metropolitan Opera so great.

He Sang/She Sang Bonus Episode: Head Over Heels with Diana Damrau

Merrin Lazyan's Pick (Diana Damrau, "Je veux vivre")


Jeff Spurgeon's Pick (Franco Corelli & Anna Moffo, "O nuit divine")


Mike Shobe's Pick (Anna Netrebko, "Amour, ranime mon courage")


This episode features excerpts from the following album:

Gounod: Romeo et Juliette (EMI Classics, 1994)
— Franco Corelli, tenor; Mirella Freni, soprano; Paris Opera Theater Orchestra conducted by Alain Lombard