Opera is an art of emotions and it signifies the total art form which joins music, singing, poetry, drama and a lot more. An opera song basically helps a character to express his or her innermost feelings and thoughts in a musical that touches a chord or two with the audiences. It can be also considered as a soliloquy popularized by the plays of Shakespeare. Now, with so many possibilities and options to choose from, making a list of the top ten best songs is a daunting task.
But we have for you a list that combines the old and the new, English opera songs used in Hollywood movies that engages the audience and makes them feel connected on some level with the character or the situation being portrayed through the song.
It is hard to come up with a definitive list but we have for you a list of the top 10 most beautiful opera songs in the world that audiences love listening and re-listening to lift up their spirits or just to transcend themselves into an entirely new hemisphere.
List of top 10 Most Beautiful Opera Songs in 2017:
10. From Apocalypse Now: Ride Of The Valkyries (Die Walküre)
The well-known melody from the second performance of the Ring Cycle “Ride of the Vakyries” was used by Francis Ford Coppola when the American helicopters were trade out death to the Vietnamese in Apocalypse Now. This Classic opera song created a brilliant and chilling moment that not just brought out the emotions of the Vietnamese but it became a part of the film’s story.
9. “Flower Duet” from “Lakmé” (1883) – Léo Delibes
The Flower Duet was an aromatic production that brought together the world’s greatest sopranos for a story of gripping, oriental love. One of the songs was also used in the 2008 film Bronson as well as Sex and the City and True Romance. Even though the opera was performed in 1883 some of the songs have become the perfect soundtrack for blossoming love and the song, Duo des fleur, has become a symbol of pop culture today and it is truly one of the most beautiful opera songs in 2016. You can understand the charm of it only after hearing it by yourself.
8. “Queen of the Night’s Aria” from “The Magic Flute” (1791) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The second aria from Mozart’s Queen of the Night Aria is one of the most popular opera songs even today and an extremely high mountain to climb even for the finest of vocalists. This opera has been in production till date because of the undying popularity and fabulous musical sense. The perfection flowing from this song has captured many hearts of music lovers. Though, it isn’t a song that you would want to play at your wedding because the actual title of the opera means “Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart”.
7. From A Room With A View: “O Mio Babbino Caro” (Gianni Schicchi)
Which movie doesn’t love that large, luxurious sound of Italian play music filled with romance? You can feel the grandness created through this composition. The fascinating loveliness of the aria “O Mio Babbino Caro” speaks all about passion and has added a gripping effect to the romantic entertainment, A Room with a View.
6. “Quando men vo” from La bohème (1896) – Giacomo Puccini
With such powerful lyrics and a fabulous performance by sassy female singers, this opera song rings above all and still captivates the attention of audiences who simply loves hearing it over and over again. Even in 2016, a Qundo man vo is one of the most beautiful opera songs of all times and successfully attracts music lovers.
5. “Libiamo ne’ lieticalici” from “La Traviata” (1853) – Giuseppe Verdi
The meaning of this song is to drink from the joyful cup and it is about a man who sings to his love after a lengthy sickness. It is one of the most melodious and emotionally-rich opera songs that never fail to captivate the audience and leave them with a feeling of wanting more. The strong sentiments expressed through this composition are an all-time favorite. Even at this age and time is continues to be a very popular opera song.
4. “Letter Duet”From The Shawshank Redemption: (The Marriage Of Figaro)
This wonderful music by Mozart was played in the movie The Shawshank Redemption and there is something to beautiful and enchanting about this song that it still continues to be on top of the list for many music lovers around the world. The beauty of this song simply cannot be said in words and one has to hear it to believe it.
3. From Pretty Woman: “SempreLibera” (La Traviata)
Just how the movie is popular even today and one cannot but go on watching it over and over again and can’t help but fall in love with Julia Roberts a little more every time, the opera song “SempreLibera” sort of has the same effect. You have to admit the romantic effect it could spread in the movie. It touches the heart with its overflowing melody of passion, love and glamour. This opera song has the power to change one’s world just as it had changed Julia’s character from someone sleeping with men in exchange of money to finding true love.
2. “O fortuna” from “CarminaBurana” (1937) – Carl Orff
This powerful musical revolves around fortune and fate of the heart. Even though this is a short piece, the lyrics and melody lingers on long after the music has stopped. Till date, it finds its use in battle sequences in popular Hollywood movies.
1. “Habanera” from “Carmen” (Anna Caterina Antonacci)
This aria arrived into pop culture very gently but created a massive impact. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful opera songs in 2016 and has never ceased to impress from the time this song has come out in production.
These top 10 mind-blowing famous opera songs might have been produced years back but they are still fresh in their charm, lyrics and beautiful melody. It expresses such great passion and emotions that the audience cannot help but feel captivated and charmed. These classic opera songs are frequently used in movies as well and still sound very fresh to the ears and soothing to the soul.