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An Aria A Day #135

‘Je veux vivre’
from Roméo et Juliette
by Charles Gounod
Piano Narelle French

20th September, 2020

Winner of the 2019 Herald Sun Aria Competition Georgia Wilkinson is quickly making her mark on operatic stages as one of Australia’s most versatile young sopranos. For An Aria A Day she performs Juliette’s notable first aria, the Waltz Song ‘Je veux vivre’ in which she pines for youth and the desire to live inside her dream where it is eternally spring.

I want to live
In the dream that exhilarates me
This day again!
Sweet flame,
I guard you in my soul
Like a treasure!

This rapture of youthfulness
Doesn’t last, alas! but a day,
Then comes the hour
At which one cries,
The heart surrenders to love
And the happiness flies without returning

Far from a morose winter,
Let me slumber,
And breathe in the rose
Before it dies.

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