I had dreamed of another life in English I Dreamed a Dream ( I have a dream ), is a song taken from Les Miserables , musical adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo .

She is sung solo by the character Fantine during the first act . The music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg , the original lyrics of Alain Boublil , and the English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer .

History

The song appears in the original production in Paris from 1980 . The title is then I had dreamed of another life .

Rose Laurens performed it for the first time in this musical.

In the UK Elaine Paige has taken over this role in the musical.

When she returned to France in 1991, Louise Pitre sang a new French version, J’ai rêvé .

This song is experiencing a resurrection when in April 2009, a British (Scottish) unemployed named Susan Boyle surprised and amazed the audience and the jury by its performance during the TV hook Britain’s Got Talent on ITV . A little later, Elaine Paige will even say that she would be ready to sing this song as a duet with Susan.

In 2013, the song is again performed by Anne Hathaway in the movie Les Miserables directed by Tom Hooper

Versions

  • Patti LuPone (1985)
  • Randy Graff (1987)
  • Neil Diamond : Hot August Night 2 (1987)
  • David Essex : Center Stage (1987)
  • Michael Crawford : The Phantom Unmasked (1987) 1
  • Sammy Davis Jr (on WPIX TV Channel 11 on December 31, 1989 on Sunday)
  • Laurie Beechman (1990)
  • Louise Pitre ( French version – “I had dreamed” ) (1991)
  • Aretha Franklin : What You See Is What You Sweat (1991)
  • Elaine Paige : Encore (1993)
  • Mandy Patinkin : Experiment (1994)
  • Andrea McArdle : On Broadway (1996)
  • Petula Clark (2001)
  • Hayley Westenra (2001)
  • Michael Ball : I Dreamed a Dream (2003)
  • Ruthie Henshall (2004)
  • Allison Crowe (2005)
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega (2006)
  • Lea Salonga (2007)
  • Judy Kuhn (2007)
  • Susan Egan (2008)
  • Susan Boyle (2009) during Britain’s Britain’s Got Talent and her album I Dreamed a Dream
  • Idina Menzel and Lea Michele in season 1 of the Glee series (2010)
  • Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables for Tom Hooper (2012)

Quotations

William Blake : Songs of Experience (1794), ‘I Dreamt a Dream!’ first verse of the poem ‘ The Angel ‘.

Notes and references

  1. ↑ ( in ) ” Phantom Unmasked – Michael Crawford [ archive ] “, on the Billboard site .