Nessun dorma (Let no one sleep) is one of the best known tenor aria's in the world. It is sung by Claaf in the final act of Turandot. Composed by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). Nessun dorma has been used as underscore in many films. Our favorite is the usage in The Killing Fields. Recently Paul Potts gained notoriety for his performance of the aria on Britain's Got Talent.
Un bel di vedremo, from Puccini's Madame Butterfly
A bocca chiusa (The Humming Chorus) from Madame Butterfly. End of act 2, a long orchestral passage accompanied by chorus. This movement is popularly known as The Humming Chorus. Composed by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
E lucevan le stelle is sung by Mario in Act III of the opera Tosca. It is performed toward the very end of the opera. It is sung by Tosca's lover, the painter Mario while he awaits his execution. Composed by Giacomo Puccini (2858-1924).
Viens, Mallika (The Flower Duet) from the Opera Lakme
Viens, Mallika (The Flower Duet) is a famous duet from the opera Lakme. It's been used as a TV commerical for British Airways. It's also been used as soundtrack in The Shawshank Redemption, Carlito's Way and The American President. The opera Lakme was composed by Leo Delibes (1826-1891).
Vesti la Giubba (Put on the costume) sung by Canio at the conclusion of act 1 in the opera Pagliacci. Composed by Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857-1919) in 1892. This aria is so popular as underscore it has become the go-to recording when opera singing is needed for a plot-line or as soundtrack.
Torreador Song (Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre) is one of the most famous operatic melodies ever written. Recognized all over the world, this song brings with it instant soundtrack recognition. It is sung by the matador Escamillo in the opera Carmen. Composed by Georges Bizet (1838-1875).
Largo al factotum della citta is an aria sung in The Barber of Seville upon the first entrance of Figaro. The repeated singing of Figaro, Figaro, Figaro is a well-known operatic moment which is sometimes used to great effect as a comedic underscore. The opera was first performed in 1826 and was composed by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)