“Grace Kelly” by Mika is a modern interpretation of Rossini’s “Largo Al Factorum” aria from The Barber of Seville
British alt pop star Mika was feeling frustrated when record executives wanted him to sound more like popular artist Craig David, so he fired back with a hit song that combined his love of Old Hollywood, Freddie Mercury and opera. “Grace Kelly” describes Mika’s inability to fit into anyone’s mold, but he has admitted that the melody was derived from Rossini‘s famous “Largo Al Factorum” aria from The Barber of Seville. It’s definitely not a straight knock-off, but the similarities are there.
“Largo Al Factorum”:
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