Here is a list of the 10 most famous arias in the world. Featured image credit: Andrew Cioffi. You must be logged in to post a comment. Skip to content. Listen for that quintessential boom-chuck-chuck Verdi rhythm in this famous aria. This most famous of all famous coloratura soprano arias is a wonder to behold. In this aria, the Queen of the Night tells her daughter, Pamina, that she has to kill the evil Sarastro.
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You probably know more opera music than you think you do. Its sensual blending of female voices powerfully underscored a sexual tryst between two lady vampires, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon, in the horror movie The Hunger. The noisy effect of the anvil-banging just makes this familiar music that much sillier. Movies love that big, lush sound of Romantic Italian opera music. Start at for the most recognizable part of this piece. Not many people in America knew how gorgeous that opera is until Ms. Fleming started singing it—beginning with her Seattle debut in This wistfully beautiful aria featured in the popular movie Driving Miss Daisy.
Opera is a genre of excess. Emotions are heightened, passions intensified, settings more exotic, characters larger than life. But directors should beware; opera can easily turn a supporting role into a starring turn, and over the years has stolen the scene from everyone from Tom Cruise to Glenn Close. Here are just ten of our favourite scene-stealing moments at the movies. Nobody puts opera in the corner. Or can they? He follows them to the Vienna State Opera where he believes that they are conspiring to assassinate the Austrian Chancellor. Cruise might be the ultimate action-hero, but when it comes to sheer bravado, Calaf leaves him in the dust.
Here are 10 our favourite examples…. Director Martin Scorsese is known for using pop music which fits the time and place of his films, so for him to make such a feature of a major piece of operatic repertoire was a gamble in — one that has had indelible effect on music and cinema history. The climax of There Will Be Blood has to be up there as one of the most unexpectedly perfect uses of classical music in a movie. There is, shall we say, an altercation between the two, and it is, to say the least, surprising and frightening. Only the most joyous violin concerto movement imaginable. Rarely have two disparate elements in cinema worked so well together in such an awe-inspiring and terrifying fashion. Well, it rarely gets more iconic than this. What music would be the perfect accompaniment the dawn of mankind, asks director Stanley Kubrick. This is the biggie: the most romantic movie, the most romantic music, the most heart-wrenching combination.