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  • Carmen, Act 1: 'L'amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle' (Carmen, Chorus (Habanera)) Music by Georges Bizet Lyric by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy Performed by Maria Callas Courtesy of Warner Classics, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV licensing Edit

  • Just like the Queen songs, the opera arias used in this movie are not only beautiful but they also help augment the plot, showcase the characters' feelings, and hint at some future events. The aria that plays during Freddie's intimate talk with Mary is "Un bel di vedremo" (One fine day, we'll see...) from Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. In this aria, the title character, a young girl named Butterfly (Ciocio-san), speaks of her dream of the future with the man she fervently loves. However, that dream, just like Mary and Freddie's marriage, was never meant to be. The man Butterfly so adores leaves to never return into her arms again, and Butterfly is left alone and heartbroken. I'm not sure who performed in that particular recording, and I think it was never mentioned in the credits. I suspect it might be Montserrat Caballe, though. The aria Freddie plays in Roy Thomas' office is the legendary "Habanera" (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle / Love is a rebellious bird) from Carmen by Georges Bizet. The performer is Maria Callas, the biggest, most talented opera singer of her time, who was hailed as La Divina ("the divine one"). The last opera piece played in the movie is "Signore, ascolta" (Master, listen...) from Turandot, also by Puccini. We can hear it during Freddie's hopeful talk with Mary that happens after he moves into his own house near her flat. The aria is sung by a slave girl Liu who is hopelessly in love with her master, Prince Calaf. She implores him to stay with her and his blind, helpless father, and give up the dream of chasing the love of the dazzling Princess Turandot who executes everyone who dares ask for her hand in marriage. Calaf is touched by Liu's love and devotion, but he still goes off to pursuit Turandot, leaving Liu behind - just like Mary leaves Freddie behind in a way, understandably unsatisfied with being "*almost* everything" to him. In the movie, the aria is performed by the late and great Montserrat Caballe (who also collaborated with Freddie on the album "Barcelona"), may she rest in peace. Edit

  • Mary and Freddie remained lifelong friends. Edit

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