A dual performance, the Blue Diva Plava Laguna’s ultimate Solo is a pivotal scene in Luc Besson’s sci-fi action movie ‘The Fifth Element’ (starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman & Milla Jovovich). The Cerulean Opera singer is beautifully played by Besson’s partner at the time, actress and director Maiwenn Le Besco, while Albanian Soprano Inva Mula’s celestial voice was recorded, tweaked and digitally rearranged to create an out-of-this-world result.

A female alien blue Superhero, Plava Laguna will lose her life helping Corben Dallas reunite the 5 elements stones, and Save the World.


‘A 2-part performance by an actor and a singer.

Maïwenn Le Besco

Actor: Maïwenn Le Besco, born in France on April 17, 1976, is both a French actress and film director who, during the filming of The Fifth Element, was in a marital relationship with director Luc Besson. The gorgeous Maïwenn Le Besco donned the blue outfit of the prestigious opera diva in her second major release (following her appearance in Léon: The Professional -yet another Luc Besson film). During The Fifth Element, though, Luc Besson left her for the film’s star Milla Jovovich, and Maïwenn lost her motivation for acting for several years. […]

Inva Mula

Singer: Inva Mula, born in 1963, is the Albanian soprano operatic voice who performed both the aria (“Oh, giusto cielo!…Il dolce suono” from Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”) and the famous “Diva Dance” song in the film. Besson was introduced to her after realizing that earlier recordings of the aria were not of the clearest quality for use on a soundtrack for film. It is her voice that is heard during the performance. Many have tried to emulate the entire piece that extends over so many octaves, however, she herself did not even sing it as it is shown. Several of the notes are nigh impossible to sing in the fashion in which it was written, so Mula recorded many of the notes individually which were then pieced together to provide the unnatural/extraterrestrial progression of notes heard so beautifully in the moving scene.’

Source (+ more): Small Roles…Big Performances Blogathon, 29/09/2012 @The Focused Filmographer

 Video source: Blue Superhero Blue Diva Song & Dance from The Fifth Element @YouTube – Anything Blue