Bellini's Rare Bird: 'The Capulets and the Montagues'


THE HIT SINGLE:  "How Many Times ..."

Midway through Act One, Juliet (soprano Kerstin Avemo) is alone in her room.  Dreading her marriage to Tebaldo, and longing for Romeo, she sings the aria "O quante volte," saying, "How many times must I weep …"

THE B SIDE:  "Come and Rest in Me"

Later in the first act, Romeo and Juliet meet secretly in her room, where Romeo (mezzo-soprano Katerina Karnéus) proposes that they run away together.  When Juliet hesitates, Romeo begins their scene-ending duet by singing "Vieni, e in me riposa" -- "Come and rest in me."