Established in 1867 , Romeo and Juliet is the first undisputed victory Gounod theater and the highlight of his career. His subsequent production does not it will renew with immediate success. If its three major operas ( Faust , Mireille and Romeo and Juliet ) have since had the honors of the largest stages , do not forget that they were written for the Théâtre Lyrique , Paris scene that creative side . Unlike the stiff public of the Imperial Academy of Music, the audience room of the Temple Street (then the place du Châtelet ) sought truest feelings pompous demonstrations . This explains , is unique in the history of opera , the opera by Gounod includes no less than four love duets . This singular emotional connection between the two protagonists , skillfully woven by the faithful librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré , because of Gounod 's Roméo et Juliette the best adaptation of Shakespeare's drama ; In any case , most vibrant and most likely to reach the public today .