Amadeus -- has parts of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, Marriage of
Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberfloete, as well as a Salieri opera.
Jefferson in Paris -- has a scene from Antonio Sacchini's _Dardanus_. It
was included since the aria "Jour Heureux" from this opera was quoted in a
letter of Jefferson's. This was the first time this opera, published in
1784, had been staged since 1808! They made an effort to depict the
audience behaving authentically for the time, too: people talking, eating,
drinking, playing cards, milling about, and commenting loudly on the action
taking place on stage! There's a fascinating article about the music in
this film in _Early Music America_, vol 1 no 1 (Fall 1995), pp.10-15.
(borderline case): Citizen Cane -- has staging of scenes from an imaginary
opera, called Solambo or some such, including an aria composed by the
writer of the film's incidental music, Bernard Herrmann. Kiri Te Kanawa
has recorded this aria in recent years.
- Timothy Tikker