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Ah! lêve-toi soleil - No. 7, Cavatina
from Act II of the French opera Roméo et Juliette by Charles-François Gounod
Libretto: Jules Barbier

Role: Roméo, a Montague
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.
Range: Tessitura:
F3 - A#/Bb4G3 - G4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Lea Frey (added 1998-08-12)
Ah! lève-toi, soleil!, Romeo's aria from Romeo et Juliette

L'amour, l'amour!  Oui, son ardeur	Love, love!  yes, its ardor
A troublé tout mon être!		Has troubled all of my being!
Mais quelle soudaine clarté		But, what sudden light
Resplendit à cette fenêtre?		Dazzles at that window?
C'est là que dans la nuit		It is there that in the night
Rayonne sa beauté!			Radiates her beauty!
Ah!  lève-toi, soleil!  		Ah!  rise, sun!  
Fait pâlir les étoiles			Make pale the stars
Qui, dans l'azur sans voiles,		Which, in the azure, without veils,
Brillent au firmament.			Glitter in the firmament.

Ah!  lève-toi!  Parais! 		Ah, arise!  Appear! 
Astre pur et charmant!			Star-  pure and charming!
Elle rêve, elle dénoue			She is dreaming,  she unties
Une boucle de cheveux			A lock of hair
Qui vient caresser sa joue.		Which comes to caresse her cheek.
Amour!  Amour!  porte-lui mes voeux!	Love!  Love!  carry to her my vows!
Elle parle!  Qu'elle est belle!		She speaks!  How beautiful she is!
Ah!  Je n'ai rien entendu!		Ah!  I  heard nothing!
Mais ses yeux parlent pour elle!	But her eyes speak for her!
Et mon coeur a répondu!			And my heart has responded!

Translation by Lea Frey (

Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Adler, Kurt. Operatic Anthology, Volume 3 - Tenor. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
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