Rehearsals, as you can see, are underway for a new production on Chalumeau's Hannibal
Monsieur Lefevre, I am rehearsing!
Monsieur Reyer, Madame Giry…
… Ladies and gentlemen, please, if I could have your attention, thank you. As you know, for some weeks there have been rumors of my imminent retirement. I can now tell you that these are all true…
Lefevre: (Continued) And it is my pleasure to introduce you to the two gentlemen who now own the Opera Populaire: Monsieur Richard Firmin and Monsieur Gilles Andre. I'm sure you have read of their recent fortune in the Junk business.
ANDRE: Scrap metal, actually.
MEG:(Whispering to Christine) They must be rich.
And we are deeply honored to introduce our new patron,
The Vicomte de Chagny
CHRISTINE: It's Raoul. Before my father died at the house by the sea…I guess you could say we were childhood sweethearts. He called me Little Lotte.
MEG: Christine, he's so handsome.
My parents and I are honored to support all the arts, especially the world-renowned Opera Populaire.
Vicomte, gentlemen, Signora Carlotta Giudicelli, our leading soprano for five seasons.
Signor Ubaldo Piangi
An honor signor. I believe I am keeping you from your rehearsal. I will be here this evening to share your great triumph. My apologies, monsieur.
Thank you, monsieur le Vicomte!
Once more if you please, signor
He love me. He love me. Love me, love me, love me.
He wouldn't recognize me.
He didn't see you.
If you please, Monsieur.
(The ballet continues)
We take particular pride in the excellence of our ballet, monsieur
I see why.
Especially that little blond angel.
My daughter, Meg Giry
And that exceptional beauty
No relation, I trust?
Promising talent, Monsieur Firmin,
Daae, did you say?
No relation to the Famous Swedish Violinist?
His only child.
Orphaned at 7 when she came to live and train in the ballet dormitories.
An orphan, you say?
The trumpeting elephant sound
Hear, Romans, now and tremble
Hark to their step on the ground
Hear the drums!
All they want is the dancing!
Well, the Vicomte is very excited about tonight's gala.
I hope he is as excited about dancing girls as your new managers,
Because I will not be singing!
What do we do?
Principessa Bella Diva!
Carlotta: Si! Si! Si!
Goddess of song!
Monsieur Reyer, isn't there a rather marvelous aria for Elissa in Act. 3 of Hannibal?
Perhaps the signora--
Yes, Yes, But, NO!
Coz' I 'ave not my costume for Act. 3,
Coz' (shouting at someone) SOMEONE not finish it!
And I 'ate my hat
No, that's better (laughs)
If my managers command!