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If you’ve seen Luc Besson’s sci-fi classic The Fifth Element (1997), you’ll know that one of the highlights was a performance from a blue alien opera singer.
The character Plavalaguna, which means ‘blue lagoon‘ in Serbian, was played by French actress Maïwenn Le Besco but her famous performance of the Diva Dance Opera was actually sung by Albanian opera singer Inva Mula-Tchako.
The film’s composer Eric Serra once revealed that Mula told him that it was impossible to hit some of the notes in the song because a human voice couldn’t change so quickly between them.
To record the track for the film, Mula had to sing the notes individually so that they could be combined digitally.
But Chinese singer Jane Zhang has outdone Mula’s performance with a breathtaking cover without any nifty computer editing.
Yep, she’s done the impossible.
From the 3:20 minute mark, you’ll be floored as she performs her own version of vocal gymnastics.
It’s truly spine-tingling.
Timbaland is producing Zhang’s debut English language album; expect to hear a lot more about her.