"Maria and Draco" has always struck me as encapsulating the very heart and grandeur of opera. Nobuo Uematsu has found a way to condense what would otherwise be a 2 or 3-hour grand opera into one track.
Though I call you from afar,
Will this message reach your heart?
Oh how I long to be with you.
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! I knew you would return to me my love!
Insolent rogue! Knave of the western horde!
Would you address my queen-to-be, Maria?
Never shall you have Maria’s hand!
I would die before that day comes!
Then we duel!
I yield, this day is yours,
Draco curse you should let Maria go
Peace then, for you have my word
With me she’ll know nothing of grief
Maria, Maria, I love you so.
Maria, Maria, return to me.
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 forever more!
from Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY,
released December 4, 2007
Performed by: The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor and executive producer: Arnie Roth. Composer: Nobuo Uematsu. Opera vocal soloists: Emma Wetter, Fredrik Strid and Johan Schinkler