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I need some epic opera/instrumental music for my movie. Any suggestions?

Asked by Jeremycw1 (1370points) May 3rd, 2010

I am working on a movie project and I need some epic opera or instrumental music to put in the beginning, end, and shooting scene.

I was thinking that really intense opera music, or maybe an opera mix, or even some instrumental music.

Any suggestions would really help me out !

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WestRiverrat's avatar

What is the topic of the scene?

War scene – Ride of the Valkyrie – Wagner

Romantic – La Boheme – Puccini or Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro

Jeremycw1's avatar

It’s a mobster Julius Caesar

xxii's avatar

Definitely check out “Themes for Orchestra & Choir” by Immediate Music. They have both choir and instrumental versions of each song. They’ll suit your needs very well.

squidcake's avatar

There’s always the classy O Fortuna.

squidcake's avatar

There’s also an aria I really like from the opera La Wally called “Ebben? Ne andrĂ² lontana.”
I find it to be intensely moving but that’s probably not the kind of “intense” you’re looking for.
Oh! I just remembered this song . It’s used in movie trailers occasionally. It’s about as epic as they come.

gailcalled's avatar

Bruckner wrote some knock-em dead symphonies.

jazmina88's avatar

La Traviata

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Try Planet Hell by Nightwish. The introduction lasts 1:15 in the video, and 1:11 in the studio version. They have plenty of other potential songs, such as The Kinslayer, Wishmaster, and The Pharaoh Sails to Orion.

If you want to be less strictly operatic, the most powerful song I know bar none is Image of the Beast by Christian Gothic band Saviour Machine. It may not be appropriate though, since its lyrics are overtly Christian and are easily heard. ‘The Sixth Judgement’ is another one of theirs to look out for, although I doubt you will be able to find it online. Oculus Ex Inferni by Symphony X is also great, as is The Walls of Babylon. You may also want to try The Howling by Within Temptation. Resign to Surrender by Epica is another one to try, as well as their Kingdom of Heaven. In fact anything by Epica is killer.

While none of these are strictly opera, and all are less than ten years old, one of them is bound to suit your project. Good luck!

StephK's avatar

Freeplaymusic – also helpful.

xxii's avatar

I second the Nightwish and Epica suggestions. If you want more symphonic metal, check out Fairyland as well.

Abriscoe1986's avatar

I make music maybe I could probably help email me at

basstrom188's avatar

Verdi: La Forza del Destino (touches of the Godfather here)

I always thought that Mahler’s 9th Symphony has the qualities of a film score about it

Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht for an extended love scene perhaps?

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