Final Fantasy VI Opera Song Gets an Amazing Music Video Tribute
The award-winning vocalist from Halo, God of War, Killer Instinct and Soul Calibur V beautifully recreates one of the greatest moments in video game history, Celes' opera song, "Aria di Mezzo Carattere," from Final Fantasy VI.
Jillian Aversa has released her captivating music video that recreates and covers Celes' unforgettable opera scene and song from Final Fantasy VI. While the Super Nintendo Entertainment System didn't really have the capabilities to recreate a full symphony orchestra or a soprano's booming voice, Nobuo Uematsu was able to make it seem like we were watching an opera scene on the SNES 21 years ago. Now, Jillian Aversa, known for her work singing on Halo, Civilization, God of War, Soul Calibur and Killer Instinct's various soundtracks and headlining the Video Games Live tour, turned Uematsu's orchestral score into one spectacular and vocal performance. Helping Aversa in making "Aria di Mezzo Caratere" real is renowned cellist Tina Guo and Video Game Live's composer and host, Tommy Tallarico, who is a veteran video game composer as well.
"The arrangement began as a collaboration with my husband, Andrew Aversa (a.k.a. zircon), for the Final Fantasy VI: Balance & Ruin project he directed on OverClocked ReMix," said Aversa. "We added more orchestral elements when I started performing the piece with Video Games Live, so I was thrilled at the opportunity to record with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra for our latest album, Video Games Live: Level 4!"
The importance of the "Aria di Mezzo Caratere" scenes of Final Fantasy VI is that they foreshadow Celes' fate on the deserted island with her father figure, Cid, after Kefka ruined the world and defeated most of her friends halfway through the game. After Cid dies (warning: 21-year-old spoilers), Celes assumes that Locke, Terra, Sabin and the rest of the gang were killed after their airship crashed. Celes' opera scene foreshadows her fate on the deserted island. During the opera, Maria (played by Celes) is banned from seeing the man that she loved, Draco. She throws Draco's roses off of her balcony (while singing) after losing hope, only to be reunited with him afterwards. Likewise, Celes throws herself off of a cliff on the deserted island, having lost Locke and her friends, only to survive and find that Locke is still alive. Bravo Mrs. Aversa, bravo.