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Yanni’s version of “Aria” are derived from two previous recordings, both featuring lead vocals by Monalisa.  First, the award-winning British Airways Commercial was recorded, then the hit  “Operaa House / Aria On Air" by Malcom McLaren’s World Famous Supreme Team with the same vocals. Yanni liked the song so much, he asked Monalisa to re-record it again, this time for his Grammy Nominated "Dare To Dream" album. The vocal from the single originally used on the British Airways Commercial earned Monalisa the Clio Award for her performance.

This song was inspired by a 19th century French opera called Lakme (“The Flower Duet”) by Leo Delibes. The versions recorded by Yannii and Malcom McLaren’s “World's Famous Supreme Team” both feature lead vocals by Monalisa Young.  Monalisa’s vocals were
re-recorded for Yanni’s “Dare To Dream” album.

Lakmé is an opera in three acts by Léo Delibes to a French libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille, based on the 1880 novel Rarahu ou Le Mariage de Loti by Pierre Loti.

The subject of the opera was suggested by Gondinet as a vehicle for the American soprano Marie van Zandt. Delibes wrote the score during 1881-82. Like other French operas of the period, Lakmé captures the ambience of the Orient that was in vogue during the latter part of the nineteenth century; Bizet's The Pearl Fishers and Massenet's Le roi de Lahore being two other examples.

“Dare to Dream” is Yanni's eighth album, released on the Private Music label in 1992. The album peaked at #2 on Billboard's "Top New Age Albums" chart and at #32 on the "Billboard 200" chart in the same year. It went gold within two months of its release.

The album was followed by the sell-out, 65-city Dare to Dream concert tour which challenged audiences "not to be afraid to dream."

Dare To Dream Track Listing

1. "Once Upon a Time" – 3:53
2. "A Love for Life" – 5:10
3. "Nice to Meet You" – 5:37
4. "So Long My Friend" – 3:50
5. "You Only Live Once" – 7:22
6. "To the One Who Knows" – 5:40
7. "Face in the Photograph" – 3:49
8. "Felitsa" – 4:47
9. "Desire" – 5:02
10. "Aria" – 4:00
11. "A Night to Remember" – 5:48
12. "In the Mirror" – 4:07

The track “Aria” is also featured on:

1. Yanni - Aria – Private Music
2. Yanni - Collection (2006 Private Music/Legacy)
3. Yanni – Ultimate Yanni (Windham Hill/BMG Heritage
4. Ultimate Yanni – Disk 1 (Private Music)
5. The Very Best Of Yanni (2000 Windham Hill)
6. Songs From The Heart (1999 BMG International Vol.1
7. Yanni – Private Years (1999 Private Music)
8. Yanni – Forbidden Dreams: Encore Collection, Vol. 1 & 2 (1998 BMG Special Products)
9. Forbidden Dreams – 1998 (BMG Special Products)
10. Yanni – Greatest Hits Vol.1
11. Yanni – Devotion: The Best Of Yanni (1997 Private Music)
12. Yanni – In The Mirror (1997 Private Music)
13. Dare To Dream – 1992 (Private Music)
14. (Aria) was also released as a Single

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