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Artist :Andrew Lloyd Webber
Album :The Phantom of The Opera
Title :

Think of Me


(We have reached the great choral scene in which HANNIBAL and his
army
return to save
Carthage from the Roman incasion under Scipio. HANNIBAL is UBALDO
PIANGI;
ELISSAQueen
of Carthage (his mistress) is CARLOTTA GIUDICELLI. The two leading
SLAVE
GIRLS are played
by MEG GIRY and CHRISTINE DAAE. MME GIRY is the ballet mistress. M.
REYERthe repetiteur
is in chargeWe join the opera towards the end of ELISSA's
(CARLOTTA's)
great aria. She
is aloneholding a present from the approaching HANNIBALa
bleeding
severed head)

This trophy from our saviours
from the enslaving force
of Rome!

With feasting and dancing and song
tonight in celebration
we greet the victorious throng
returned to bring salvation!

The trumpets of Carthage resound!
HearRomansnow and tremble!
Hark to our step on the ground!

Hear the drums -
Hannibal comes!

sad to return to find the land we love threatened once more by
Roma's
far-reaching grasp.

Signor ... If you please; 'Rome'. We say 'Rome'not 'Roma'.

SisiRomenot Roma. Is very hard for me. (practicing) Rome...
Rome
...)

Once againthen if you pleaseSignor: 'Sad to return ...'
This waygentlementhis way. Rehearsalsas you seeare under
way
for a new production
of Chalumeau's 'Hannibal'.

Ladies and geltlemensome of you may alreadyperhapshave met
M.
Andre and M. FIRMIN ...

I'm sorryM. Lefevrewe are rehearsing. If you wouldn't mind
waiting
for a moment?

My apologies. M. REYERProceedproceed ...

Thank youmonsieur. (turning back to PIANGI). 'Sad to return
...'
Signor ...

M. Reyerour chief repetiteurRather a tyrantI'm afraid.

Sad to return to find the land we love threatened once more by
Rome's
far-reaching grasp.
Tomorrow we shall break the chains of Rome.
Tonightrejoice - your army has come home.

Signor Piangiour pricipal tenor. He does play so well opposite La
Carlotta.

Gentlemenplease! If you would kindly move to one side?

My apologiesMme. Giry.
Madame Giryour ballet mistress. I don't mind confessingM.
FIRMINI shan't be sorry to
be rid of the whole blessed business.

I keep asking youmonsieurwhy exactly are you retiring?

We take a particular pride here in the excellence of our ballets.

Who's that girlLefevre?

Her? Meg GiryMadame Giry's daughter. Promising dancer. M. Andre
most
promising.

You! Christine Daae! Concentrategirl!
Christine ... What's the matter?
Daae? Curious name.
Swedish.
Any relation to the violinist?
His daughterI believe. Always has her head in the cloudsI'm afraid.

Bid welcome to Hannibal's guests -
the elephants of Carthage!
As guides on our conquering quests
Dido sends
Hannibals friends!

Once more to my
welcoming arms
my love returns
in splendour!

Once more to those
sweetest of charms
my heart and soul
surrender!

The trumpeting elephants sound -
hearRomansnow and tremble!
Hark to their step on the ground -
hear the drums!
Hannibal comes!

Ladies and gentlemen - Madame Girythank you - may I have your
attention
please?
As you knowfor some weeks there have been rumours of my imminent
retirement.
I can now tell you that these were all trueand it is my pleasure
to
introduce
to you the two gentlemen who now own the Opera PopulaireM.
Richard
Firmin and
M. Gilles Andre.

GentlemenSignora Carlitta Guidicelliour leading soprano for
five
seasons now.

Of courseof course. I have experienced all your greatest roles
Signora.

And Signor Ubaldo Piangi.
An honourSignor.

If I remember
rightlyElissa has a rather fine aria in Act Three of
'Hannibal'.
I wonderSignoraifas a personal favouryou would oblige us
with a
private
rendition? Unlessof courseM. Reyer objects ...

My manager commands ... M. Reyer?
My diva commands. Will two bars be sufficient introduction?
Two bars will be quite sufficient.

Signora?
Maestro.


Think of me
think of me fondly
when we've said
goodbye.
Remember me
once in a while -
please promise me
you'll try.

When you find
thatonce
againyou long
to take your heart ...

He's here:
the Phantom of the Opera ...
He is with us ...
It's the ghost ...


You idiots!
Cara! Cara! Are you hurt?
Signora! Are you all right? Buquet! Where is Buquet?

Is no one concerned for our prima donna?

Get that man down here!
Chief of the flies. He's responsible for this.

Buquet! For God's sakemanwhat's going on up there?

Pleasemonsieur
don't look at me:
as God's my witness
I was not at my post.

Pleasemonsieur
there's no one there:
and if there iswell
thenit must be a ghost ...

He's there: the Phantom of the
Opera ...


Good heavens!
Will you show a little courtesy?

Mademoiselleplease!

These things do happen.

Si! These thing do happen! Welluntil you stop these things happening
this
thing does not happen!
Ubaldo! Andiamo!

Amateurs!
I don't think there's much more to assist yougentlemen. Good luck. If
you
need meI shall be in Frankfurt.
La Carlotta will be back.

You think somessieurs? I have a messagesirfrom the Opera
Ghost.

God in heavenyou're all obsessed!

He merely welcomes you to his opera house and commands you to continue
to
leave
Box Five empty for his use and reminds you that his salary is due.

His salary?

Monsieur Lefevre paid him twenty thousand francs a month. Perhaps you
can
afford more
with the Vicomte de Chagny as your patron.

MadameI had hoped to have made that announcement myself.

Will the Vicomte be at the performance tonightmonsieur?

In our box.

Madamewho is the understudy for this role?

There is no understudymonsieur - the production is new.

Christine Daae could sing itsir.

The chorus girl?

She's been taking lessons from a great teacher.

From whom?

I don't knowsir ...

Ohnot you as well!
Can you believe it? A full house - and we have to cancel!

Let her sing for youmonsieur. She has been well taught.

From the beginning of the aria thenmamselle.
Think of me
think of me fondly
when we've said
goodbye.
Remember me
once in a while -
please promise me
you'll try.

Andrethis is doing nothing for my nerves.

Don't fretFirmin.

When you find
thatonce
againyou long
to take your heart back
and be free -
if you
ever find
a moment
spare a thought
for me ...

We never said
our love
was evergreen
or as unchanging
as the sea -
but if
you can still
remember
stop and think
of me ...

Think of all the things
we've shared and seen -
don't think about the things
which might have been ...

Think of me
think of me waking
silent and
resigned.

Imagine me
trying too hard
to put you
from my mind.

Recall those days
look back
on all those times
think of the things
we'll never do -
there will
never be
a daywhen
I won't think
of you ...

Can it be?
Can it be Christine?

Bravo!

/>What a change!
You're really
not a bit
the gawkish girl
that once you were ...
She may
not remember
mebut
I remember
her ...

We never said
our love
was evergreen
or as unchanging
as the sea -
but please
promise me
that sometimes
you will think
of me!



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