Although I always liked ‘The Diva Dance’ scene from ‘The Fifth Element’ I never really thought about whether it’s actually a piece composed specially for the flick or already existed before (and modified for the movie). A brief look to Wikipedia reveals that the whole performance consists of two parts, the first classical part shifts to a rather trance styled part.
Well, the first part is taken from Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor: “Il dolce suono”, the mad scene of Act III, Scene II. It is sung by the Albanian opera singer Inva Mula-Tchako. Originally Luc Besson (the director of the movie) intended to take Maria Callas’s version of the aria from her 50s recording, but the quality was not good enough, so he had to switch to Inva. However in my opinion she made a fine job, although of course I’m not a huge opera pro to judge about.
The second part, which I really love, as it expresses the nowadays mash up society, is called the ‘The Diva Dance’ and is really awesome. I did not really found much info about it, so enlighten me please, if you know more.
Enough words written, below some clips which will give you much better idea, what I’m talking ‘bout.
First, of course the original scene:
Of course there are several interpretations, let’s take a look by (more or less) famous singers including Inva and Maria itself:
It is obvious from the recordings that the equipment in those old days could not compete with nowadays clearness, if you compare Callas and Invas records. Note, I’m not speaking that Inva is better than Maria, it’s just about the technique.
and following some unorthodox, but still interesting approaches:
inspired by urlesque