The beautiful opera scene from Final Fantasy VI featuring the song “Aria di Mezzo Carattere” has been redone by award-winning vocalist Jillian Aversa and renowned cellist Tina Guo. They collaborated to recreate the haunting measures of the song in celebration of Final Fantasy’s 21st anniversary.
The pair are no strangers to the world of gaming, having lent their talents to titles like Halo, Civilization, God of War, and Journey, Diablo III, and Call of Duty Black Ops II, respectively.
Aversa, a fan of Japanese RPG’s and of Nobuo Uematsu’s music (the original composer of the piece) notes:
“The arrangement began as a collaboration with my husband, Andrew Aversa (a.k.a. zircon), for the Final Fantasy VI: Balance & Ruin project he directed on OverClocked ReMix. We added more orchestral elements when I started performing the piece with Video Games Live, so I was thrilled at the opportunity to record with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra for our latest album, Video Games Live: Level 4!”
Check out the melodic masterpiece after the break.
“I couldn’t imagine a better cellist to feature on this piece. Tina has performed on a slew of videogame and film soundtracks, and her artistry is second to none! Director Landon Donoho and I thought it would be cool to film the two of us on the same ‘stage’ setting (actually a studio space in L.A.), but never together in the same shot. The rich red of Tina’s dress and cello complemented my rose bouquet as the character Celes; we wanted her to represent the embodiment of love expressed through the music. As for my opera gown, I made it myself!”