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Celes impersonating Maria
Draco

Maria and Draco is the name of the Opera written by Nobuo Uematsu and Yoshinori Kitase that features in Final Fantasy VI.

In the original Japanese version of the game, the music is closely aligned with the lyrics, although because of technical limitations no voice is heard except for an attempt at recreating a voice on the SPC700 sound format.

The "Aria di Mezzo Carattere", one of Final Fantasy's most famous musical themes, is sung within the Opera.

Contents

In Game

The opera in the GBA version of Final Fantasy VI.

In order to establish contact with Setzer, the owner of the only functional airship in the World, Celes impersonates the opera singer Maria, with whom Setzer is in love. Although Celes successfully poses as Maria for the majority of the opera, Locke discovers during the performance that Ultros is planning on dropping a gigantic weight on Celes from the rafters. The attempt to stop him ends with Locke, his allies and Ultros plummeting to the stage, knocking the actors playing Ralse and Draco unconscious. Locke thus attempts (and somewhat succeeds) to improvise this into the opera, and after battling Ultros, Setzer appears and kidnaps Celes as per the original plan.

The entire opera scene spans four tracks in Final Fantasy VI's original soundtrack: "Overture", "Aria di Mezzo Carattere", "The Wedding", and "Grand Finale?".

The opera is mostly in the game for one's enjoyment but also features a small game element. Three times during the opera you have to pick the correct line for Celes to sing, failing to do so will get you kicked out of the opera and you must do a new attempt; it is quite easy to guess which line is the correct one, however. The Opera scene is considered the most beautiful cutscene in the game and is repeatedly voted as one of the most stirring moments in gaming history according to many sources.

Plot

Artwork by Yoshitaka Amano

The armies of the East are battling the forces of the West. The hero of the Western army is a warrior named Draco, who is in love with the Western princess, Maria. When the West loses the war against the East and Draco is presumed lost, Maria is forced to marry the Eastern Prince, Ralse. During a ball, the survivors of the West, led by Draco, launch a surprise attack. A duel ensues between Draco and Ralse, in which the latter is defeated. Maria and Draco then live together happily ever after.

Lyrics

The Opera has been arranged and performed live in its entirety numerous times, both in English and Japanese. Its lyrical content has varied accordingly, although it is possible to determine four different (albeit minimally) versions of it:

  • The Japanese and the English versions of the SNES release of Final Fantasy VI
  • The Japanese and the English versions of the GBA release of the game,
  • The Distant Worlds/More Friends version
  • The VOICES/Darkness and Starlight version.
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SNES Japanese lyrics with English translation

Impresario

Seigun to tougun no tatakai wa
himashi ni hageshiku natte ita.
Seigun no Garuu-jou no senshi
Draco wa gekisen no senchi de
bokoku ni nokoshite kita
Maria no koto o omou...

Draco

Oh, Maria!
Oh, Maria!
Watashi no koe ga todoite iru ka
Omae no moto e

Impresario

Seigun wa yabure, Maria no shiro wa
tougun no shihaika ni okareta.
Tougun no ouji Ralse no kekkon o
shiirareta Maria wa
Draco e no omoi o sutekirezu
maiban yozora o mite wa
koibito o omou...

Maria

Itoshi no anata wa tooi tokoro e?
Iro asenu, towa no ai, chikatta bakari ni
Kanashii toki ni mo, tsurai toki ni mo,
Sora ni furu, ano hoshi o anata to omoi.
Nozomanu chigiri o kawasu no desu ka?
Dou sureba? Nee anata? Kotoba o matsu.

Draco

Saa... Maria yo
Watashi to issho ni step wo....
Ha ha ha ha....

Maria

Arigatou, watashi no aisuru hito yo
Ichido demo kono omoi yureta watashi ni
Shizuka ni, yasashiku kotaete kurete,
Itsumademo, itsumademo anata wo matsu.

Chancellor

Ralse ouji ga o-sagashi desu.
Dance no o-aite wo.
Mou o-akirame kudasai.
Waga kuni wa tougun no zokkoku ni
natte shimatta no desu kara...

Messenger

Seigun no ikinokori ga semete kita!!

Ralse

Nani!

Soldiers

Kakare!

Draco

Mate!
Maria!

Maria

Draco!
Kono hi wo shinjiteta.

Ralse

Maria wa kono watashi no
kisaki ni naru beki hito da.

Draco

Inochi tsukihateyou tomo
hanashi wa shinai.

Ralse

Kettou da!

Impresario

The battle between the West and the East
was growing more fierce day by day.
On the battleground during a furious skirmish,
the soldier Draco of the Western castle Garou
thinks of Maria,
whom he left in his homeland...

Draco

Oh, Maria
Oh, Maria
Is my voice reaching
To where you are?

Impresario

The West was defeated, and Maria's castle
came under Eastern control.
Maria, forced into marriage by
the Eastern Prince Ralse,
does not abandon her feelings for Draco,
but thinks of her lover each night
as she watches the skies...

Maria

My beloved, are you going to a distant place?
And we just pledged eternal love...
Through sad times and hard times,
I'll think of that shooting star as you.
Do I have to exchange vows with one I don't love?
What shall I do? I'm waiting for your words...

Draco

Come... Maria.
Dance a step with me...
Ha ha ha ha...

Maria

And I thank you, my beloved,
For my feelings may have swayed,
But oh so gently, and so kindly, you answered me
I'll wait for you forevermore...

Chancellor

Prince Ralse is searching.
For his dance partner.
Please resign yourself to this.
We've become a dependency
of the East, after all...

Messenger

The Western survivors are attacking!

Ralse

What?

Soldiers

Attack!

Draco

Wait!
Maria!

Maria

Draco!
I had believed in this day.

Ralse

Maria is meant to
be my queen.

Draco

Though it may cost me my life,
I refuse to let her go.

Ralse

Then we duel!

SNES-GBA English lyrics

SNES
Impresario

The West and the East were waging war...
Draco, the West's great hero, thinks of his love, Maria.
Is she safe? Is she waiting...?

Draco

Oh Maria!
Oh Maria!
How I long to be with you!

Impresario

The forces of the West fell, and Maria's castle was taken.
Prince Ralse, of the East, took her hand by force.
But she never stopped yearning for Draco...

Maria

Oh my hero, so far away now.
Will I ever see your smile?
Love goes away, like night into day.
It's just a fading dream.
I'm the darkness, you're the stars.
Our love is brighter than the sun.
For eternity, for me there can be,
Only you, my chosen one...
Must I forget you? Our solemn promise?
Will autumn take the place of spring?
What shall I do? I'm lost without you.
Speak to me once more!

Draco

Come, Maria. Follow my lead.

Draco

Ha ha ha ha...

Maria

We must part now, my life goes on.
But my heart won't give you up.
Ere I walk away, let me hear you say
I meant as much to you....
So gently, you touched my heart.
I will be forever yours.
Come what may, I won't age a day,
I'll wait for you, always...

Chancellor

Prince Ralse is looking for a dance partner.
Leave the past behind.
Our kingdom is adopting the spirit of the East.

Messenger

The survivors of the West attack!

Ralse

Impossible!

Soldiers

Attack!!

Draco

Wait!!

Draco

Maria!

Maria

Draco, I've waited so long.
I knew you'd come.

Ralse

Maria will finally have to become my queen!

Draco

For the rest of my life, I'll keep you near...

Ralse

It's a duel!

GBA
Impresario

The war between the East and the West
Was growing more violent by the day...
Draco, a soldier from the West,
Thinks of his love, Maria,
Back at home...

Draco

Oh Maria!
Oh Maria!
My beloved, do you hear
My words whispered in you ear
As if I were by your side?

Impresario

The Western armies were defeated,
And Maria's castle fell into the hands of the East.
Forced to wed the Eastern Prince Ralse,
Maria still thinks only of Draco
As she gazes at the stars each night...

Maria

O my hero, my beloved,
Shall we still be made to part,
Though promises of perennial love
Yet sing here in my heart?
I'm the darkness, you're the starlight
Shining brightly from afar.
Through hours of despair, I offer this prayer
To you, my evening star.
Must my final vows exchanged
Be with him and not with you?
Were you only here To quiet my fear...
O speak! Guide me anew.

Draco

Come, Maria! Dance with me...
Ha-ha-ha...!

Maria

I am thankful, my beloved,
For your tenderness and grace.
I see in your eyes,
So gentle and wise,
All doubts and fears erased!
Though the hours take no notice
Of what fate might have in store,
Our love, come what may,
Will never age a day.
I'll wait forevermore!

Chancellor

Prince Ralse is looking for his dance partner.
Please, leave the past behind! Our kingdom is part of the East now...

Soldier

The Western survivors attack!

Ralse

Impossible!

Soldiers

Attack!

Draco

Wait!

Draco

Maria!

Maria

Oh, Draco!
I knew you would
Come for me, my love!

Ralse

Insolent rogue!
Knave of the Western Horde!
You would address my queen to be, Maria?

Draco

Never shall you have Maria's hand!
I would die before that day comes!

Ralse

Then it's a duel!

Live performance in English lyrics (Distant Worlds/More Friends)

Draco:

Oh, Maria
Oh, Maria
Though I call you from afar,
Will this message reach your heart?
Oh, how I long to be with you!

Maria:

Oh, my hero!
My beloved!
Shall we still be made to part?
Though promises of perennial love
Yet sing here in my heart
I'm the darkness you're the starlight
Shining brightly from afar
Through hours of despair, I offer this prayer
To you my evening star
Must my final vows exchanged
be with him and not with you
Were you only here to quiet my fear
Oh, speak! Guide me anew!

Draco:

Maria!

Maria:

Draco! I knew you would return to me, my love!

Ralse:

Insolent rogue! Knave of the Western Horde!
Would you address my Queen-to-be, Maria?

Draco:

Never shall you have Maria's Hand!
I would die before that day comes!

Ralse:

Then we duel!

Ralse:

I yield... this day is yours, Draco.
Curse you should you let Maria go!

Draco:

Peace, then! For you have my word:
With me she'll know nothing but peace!

Ralse:

Maria! Maria!
I love you so!

Draco and Ralse:

Maria! Maria!
Return to me!

Maria:

I am thankful, my beloved
For your tenderness and grace
I see in your eyes, so gentle and wise
All doubts and fears erased
Though the hours take no notice
Of what fate might have in store

Maria and Draco

Our love, come what may
Will never age a day
I'll wait forevermore...
I'll wait forevermore!

Live performance in Japanese lyrics (VOICES/Darkness and Starlight)

"Darkness and Starlight" is a rock arrangement of Maria and Draco included in the Black Mages's third studio album The Black Mages III: Darkness and Starlight. Because the opera scene in the game ended abruptly with the kidnapping of Celes, just before Draco and Ralse's duel, the whole lyrical content was unknown until this release. The album featured the complete opera scene in a rock rearrangement which, while slightly deviating from the original version, was made to be as faithful to the original opera as it may.

Impresario

Seigun to tougun no tatakai wa
himashi ni hageshiku natte ita.
Seigun no Garuu-jou no senshi
Draco wa gekisen no senchi de
bokoku ni nokoshite kita
Maria no koto o omou...

Draco

Oh, Maria!
Oh, Maria!
Watashi no koe ga todoite iru ka
Omae no moto e

Impresario

Seigun wa yabure, Maria no shiro wa
tougun no shihaika ni okareta.
Tougun no ouji Ralse no kekkon o
shiirareta Maria wa
Draco e no omoi o sutekirezu
maiban yozora o mite wa
koibito o omou...

Maria

Itoshi no anata wa tooi tokoro e?
Iro asenu, towa no ai, chikatta bakari ni
Kanashii toki ni mo, tsurai toki ni mo,
Sora ni furu, ano hoshi o anata to omoi.
Nozomanu chigiri o kawasu no desu ka?
Dou sureba? Nee anata? Kotoba o matsu.

Messenger

Ikinokotta wazuka bakari no seigun heishi ga
saigo no chikara o furishibori
Garuu-jou ni semeitta.
Sono sentou ni tachi otakebi morotomo
tougun heishi o nagitaoshite iku
kizu darake no hitori no yuusha.
Senshi Draco ga kaette kita no da!

Draco

Maria!

Maria

Draco!
Kono hi wo shinjiteta.

Ralse

Maria wa kono watashi no
kisaki ni naru beki hito da.

Draco

Inochi tsukihateyou tomo
hanashi wa shinai.

Ralse

Kettou da!

Draco

Maria no tame ni inochi o kakeru

Ralse

Ai no ookisa naraba dare ni mo makenu

Draco

Yuku zo!

Chorus

Tebukuro nage!

Ralse

Saa koi!

Chorus

Tsurugi majie!

Draco

Omae ni totte no Maria to wa?

Chorus

Dore hodo daiji da?

Ralse

Kisama ni iwareru made mo naku

Chorus

Tottemo daiji da

Draco

Yahari tatakau shika nai ka

Ralse

Maria wa...

Draco and Ralse

Watashi no mono da
Make wa shinai!

Impresario

Ryousha ippo taritomo ushiro ni wa nokanu
hageshii tatakai de atta.
Shikashi shoubu wa toki no un de aru.
Fukade o otta Draco no hanatta saigo no hitotsuki ga
Ralse no mune o tsuranuita.

Part 4

Ralse

Watashi no make da, Draco.
Maria o hanasu na yo.

Draco

Yakusoku shiyou, kanarazu shiawase ni

Ralse

Oh, Maria...oh, Maria, itoshii.

Draco and Ralse

Oh, Maria...oh, Maria, ai se yo.

Maria

Arigatou, watashi no aisuru hito yo
Ichido demo kono omoi yureta watashi ni
Shizuka ni, yasashiku kotaete kurete,

Maria and Draco

Itsumademo, itsumademo anata wo matsu
Anata wo matsu

Impresario

The battle between the West and the East
was growing more fierce day by day.
On the battleground during a furious skirmish,
the soldier Draco of the Western castle Garou
thinks of Maria,
whom he left in his homeland...

Draco

Oh, Maria
Oh, Maria
Is my voice reaching
To where you are?

Impresario

The West was defeated, and Maria's castle
came under Eastern control.
Maria, forced into marriage by
the Eastern Prince Ralse,
does not abandon her feelings for Draco,
but thinks of her lover each night
as she watches the skies...

Maria

My beloved, are you going to a distant place?
And we just pledged eternal love...
Through sad times and hard times,
I'll think of that shooting star as you.
Do I have to exchange vows with one I don't love?
What shall I do? I'm waiting for your words...

Messenger

The few surviving soldiers of the Western army
summoned the last of their strength
and invaded the Garou castle.
Leading these soldiers with a fierce battle cry
and cutting down the warriors of the East
was a single hero, battered and bruised.
The soldier Draco had returned!

Draco

Maria!

Maria

Draco!
I had believed in this day.

Ralse

Maria is meant to
be my queen.

Draco

Though it may cost me my life,
I refuse to let her go.

Ralse

Then we duel!

Draco

I risk my life for Maria's sake

Ralse

My love for her is greater than anyone's

Draco

Take this!

Chorus

The gloves are off!

Ralse

Come and get me!

Chorus

Clash your swords!

Draco

Maria--what is she to you?

Chorus

How important is she?

Ralse

Do you even have to ask?

Chorus

She's very much so

Draco

I guess we have no choice but to fight

Ralse

Maria is

Draco and Ralse

Mine!
I'm not about to lose!

Impresario

Neither retreated even a single step
in their fierce battle.
But the match came down to luck.
The badly wounded Draco unleashed a final thrust
that pierced Ralse's heart.

Part 4

Ralse

I have lost, Draco.
Don't let Maria go.

Draco

I promise you we will be happy.

Ralse

Oh, Maria...oh, Maria, my dearest.

Draco and Ralse

Oh, Maria...oh, Maria, I love her.

Maria

And I thank you, the one I love,
For my feelings may have swayed,
But oh so gently, and so kindly, you answered me

Maria and Draco

I'll wait for you forevermore,
I'll wait for you.

Personnel in "Darkness and Starlight"

Darkness and Starlight''s cover featured an artwork piece of Draco and Maria.

This article uses material from the "Opera "Maria and Draco"" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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