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Old Wine in New, Blue, Tentacled Wineskins?
March 18, 2012

It's not often that the opera fan region of my brain is active while watching a science fiction movie.

However, it seems to me that the similarities between The Queen of the Night's "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" aria in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and the second half of Diva Plavalaguna's "Diva Dance" from The Fifth Element are no mere coincidence. You'll want to listen to both videos all the way through.

You be the judge:

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
"Diva Dance" from "The Fifth Element"

Years after posting this, I found out that the "Diva Dance" is based an aria from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor".

Keywords: Opera, Science Fiction, Die Die Zauberflöte, The Fifth Element, Great Moments in Musicology, Mozart, Donizetti, Bel Canto.

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