Special thanks to durian dave for sending me this wonderful clip of actress Grace Chang singing Habanera. In Mandarin, no less. The 1960 movie musical is called Wild Wild Rose and was adapted from Bizet's opera, Carmen and Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel.
Chang is quite the saucy little minx here, singing, growling and strutting around seductively. The poor guys at the nightclub never stood a chance.
I just love this cover of Habanera. So very cha-cha and bossa nova with its latin and jazzy overtones.
You can also find this clip posted to the vancouver opera blog.