from Act II of the French opera Roméo et Juliette
by Charles-François Gounod
Libretto: Jules Barbier
Voice Part: tenor Fach: lyric tenor
Setting: Juliet's balcony at the Capulet estate, Verona, Italy, 14th century
Synopsis: Romeo has escaped from his companions in search of Juliet's room. He finally spies her on her balcony and sings of her beauty which is like the sun. The words are almost exactly translated from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.