1. The Habanera from Bizet's Carmen
The original: Maria Calla sings the Habanera
Movies you’ve heard it in: Trainspotting, Pixar’s UP, Hudsucker Proxy
2. Ride of the Valkyries from Wagner’s Ring Cycle
Opera misconception: Many people believe the Ring Cycle inspired J.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. While the two were inspired by the same Old Norse mythologies, Tolkien has once said, “Both rings are round, and there the resemblance ceases.”
The original: Ride of the Valkyries
Movies you’ve heard it in: Apocalypse Now, The Blues Brothers, Full Metal Jacket, What’s Opera, Doc?
3. Barcarolle from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann
Fun Fact: Barcarolle provided the tune for Elvis’s Tonight Is So Right For Love in G.I. Blues.
The Original: Barcarolle
Movies you’ve heard it in: Life is Beautiful, Titanic
4. Flower Duet in Delibes’ Lakme
The original: The Flower Duet
Movies you’ve heard it in: Meet the Parents, The American President, Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life, The Hunger
5. Sull’aria from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro
The original: Cecilia Bartoli and Renee Fleming
Movies you’ve heard it in: The Shawshank Redemption
Join us in March for Opera Goes to the Movies as movies and opera meld.