Monday, August 8, 2011

Cher and Opera Seem Linked When It Comes to the Cinema

The valkyrie circa 1979.
It seems pop star Cher may have a penchant for more than dressing operatically. Many of the actress's films have featured opera scenes or have a connection to opera. There is an interesting affinity toward Puccini as well. Take a look back at a few of those moments that are available online. Clips are after the jump.

Faithful (1996)

"Vissi D'Arte" from Tosca (Puccini), performed by Eva Marton.

Moonstruck (1987)

Act I: "Questo 'Mar Rosso' mi ammollisce e assidera"/Act I: "O soave fanciulla"/Act II: "Quando men' vo"/Act III: "Addio...Donde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore" from La Bohème (Puccini), performed by Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Tullio Serafin.

Stuck on You (2003)

"Summertime"from Porgy and Bess (Gershwin).

Tea with Mussolini (1999)
Although this movie does not feature any opera in the soundtrack, the plot is a semi-autobiographical tale from the early life of director Franco Zeffirelli.

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
"Nessun Dorma"from Turandot (Puccini), performed by Luciano Pavarotti and London Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Zubin Mehta.

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