Queen’s classic rock anthem “Bohemian Rhapsody” was written by the legendary Freddie Mercury and was on the band’s 1975 album titled “A Night at the Opera.” And while the song reached its peak at number nine on the Billboard charts in 1976, it would see a dramatic resurgence in 1992, reaching number two after being featured in the film “Wayne’s World.”
The song itself represents an incredible revolution in music, blending the genres of Opera and Rock n’ Roll seamlessly while telling a heartbreaking story that in many ways mirror Freddie’s real-life struggles.
For example, many fans believe the lyrics “Too late; my time has come, Sends shivers down my spine, body’s aching all the time. Goodbye, everybody, I’ve got to go. Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth” was the lead singer foreseeing his own death which took place nearly 20 years later in 1991. Freddie passed away due to complications from AIDS, and the symptoms of body aches and shivering are often associated with the disease.
However, as tragic as the song’s lyrics are, there’s also a profound beauty to be found in the protagonist’s torment and struggle for redemption. These elements are reimagined brilliantly in an interpretive ballet performance featuring Erina Takahashi, Lead Principal at English National Ballet, and James Forbat, First Soloist at English National Ballet.
Watch these two exquisite performers bring this iconic rock anthem to life like never before in the video below.
Was that not amazing? It’s incredible to see how after so many years, “Bohemian Rhapsody” proves its immortality as new generations discover its magic for the first time. Please be sure to share this incredible performance with your friends and family.