Carlotta:This trophyFrom our saviorsFrom our saviorsFrom the enslaving forceOf Rome!Chorus:With feasting and dancing and songTonight in celebrationWe greet the victorious throngReturned to bring salvationThe trumpet of carthage resoundHear, Romans, now and trembleHark to our step on groundHear the drums!Hannibal comes!Piangi/Hannibal:Sad to returnTo find the land we loveThreatened once moreBy Roma's far-reaching grasp(All spoken)Monsieur Reyer:Gentlemen, gentlemen--Monsieur Lefevre:Rehearsals, as you can see, are underway for a new production on Chalumeau's HannibalMonsieur Reyer:Monsieur Lefevre, I am rehearsing!Monsieur Lefevre:Monsieur Reyer, Madame Giry...... Ladies and gentlemen, please, if I could have your attention, thank you. As you know, for some weeks there have been rumors of my imminent retirement. I can now tell you that these are all true...Carlotta: (interrupting)Ah-Ha!Lefevre: (Continued) And it is my pleasure to introduce you to the two gentlemen who now own the Opera Populaire: Monsieur Richard Firmin and Monsieur Gilles Andre. I'm sure you have read of their recent fortune in the Junk business.Andre: Scrap metal, actually.Meg:(Whispering to Christine) They must be rich.Monsieur Firmin:And we are deeply honored to introduce our new patron,Monsieur Andre:The Vicomte de ChagnyChristine: It's Raoul. Before my father died at the house by the sea...I guess you could say we were childhood sweethearts. He called me Little Lotte.Meg: Christine, he's so handsome.Raoul:My parents and I are honored to support all the arts, especially the world-renowned Opera Populaire.Monsieur Lefevre:Vicomte, gentlemen, Signora Carlotta Giudicelli, our leading soprano for five seasons.Voices/Piangi:Brava! Brava!Monsieur Lefevre:Signor Ubaldo PiangiRaoul:An honor signor. I believe I am keeping you from your rehearsal. I will be here this evening to share your great triumph. My apologies, monsieur.Monsieur Reyer:Thank you, monsieur le Vicomte!Once more if you please, signorCarlottaHe love me. He love me. Love me, love me, love me.ChristineHe wouldn't recognize me.MegHe didn't see you.GiryIf you please, Monsieur.(The ballet continues)Madame Giry:We take particular pride in the excellence of our ballet, monsieurMonsieur Andre:I see why.Especially that little blond angel.Madame Giry:My daughter, Meg GiryMonsieur Firmin:And that exceptional beautyNo relation, I trust?Madame Giry:Christine Daae.Promising talent, Monsieur Firmin,Very promising.Monsieur Andre:Daae, did you say?No relation to the Famous Swedish Violinist?Madame Giry:His only child.Orphaned at 7 when she came to live and train in the ballet dormitories.Monsieur Firmin:An orphan, you say?(singing)Chorus:Hannibal's Friends!The trumpeting elephant soundHear, Romans, now and trembleHark to their step on the groundHear the drums!Hannibal comes!(all spoken)Carlotta:All day!All they want is the dancing!Monsieur Lefevre:Well, the Vicomte is very excited about tonight's gala.Carlotta:I hope he is as excited about dancing girls as your new managers,Because I will not be singing!Monsieur Andre:What do we do?Monsieur Lefevre:GrovelGrovel, grovel.Monsieur Firmin:Right.Monsieur Andre:Principessa Bella Diva!Carlotta: Si! Si! Si!Monsieur Firmin:Goddess of song!Monsieur Andre:Monsieur Reyer, isn't there a rather marvelous aria for Elissa in Act. 3 of Hannibal?Monsieur Firmin:Perhaps the signora--Carlotta:Yes, Yes, But, no!Coz' I 'ave not my costume for Act. 3,Coz' (shouting at someone) someone not finish it!And I 'ate my hatNo, that's better (laughs)If my managers command!Monsieur Reyer?Monsieur Reyer:If my diva commands?Carlotta:Yes, I do.
Songs by Phantom Of The Opera
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