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Coloratura
(Countess Coloratura)

Coloratura ID S5E24

Coloratura in The Mane Attraction

Coloratura filly ID S5E24

Coloratura as a filly in The Mane Attraction

Countess Coloratura ID S5E24

"Countess Coloratura" in her stage attire The Mane Attraction

Kind Earth
Sex Female
Residence Manehattan
Occupation Pop star singer
Counselor (CCG)
Other links
More info
Eyes Moderate opal
Mane Dark grayish indigo with
dark indigo and
moderate opal highlights
Light orchidish gray with
moderate purple streaks (dyed)
Coat Light aquamarineish gray
Nicknames Rara
Cutie mark
Coloratura cutie mark crop S5E24
Voice Lena Hall (English)
Raili Raitala (Finnish)
Yvonne Greitzke (German)
Jolanda Granato (Italian)
Weronika Bochat (Polish)
Lina Ivanova (Russian)
Anna Chyzh (Ukrainian)

Coloratura, nicknamed Rara and stage-named Countess Coloratura, is a female Earth pony and supporting character who appears in the season five episode The Mane Attraction. She is a famous pop singer in Equestria and a childhood friend of Applejack's.

Development and design

Coloratura's design was inspired by Lena Hall's "red carpet look" at the 2014 Tony Awards ceremony.[1]

Episode writer Amy Keating Rogers came up with the name "Countess Coloratura" specifically because she wanted her name to have a title and musical reference.[2]

"Coloratura" is an Italian musical term that refers to the elaborate arrangement of a vocal melody, particularly in opera.

Depiction in the series

Coloratura appears in The Mane Attraction, described by Pinkie Pie as "the biggest pony pop star in all of Equestria". As a filly, she met and befriended Applejack at Camp Friendship; Applejack gave her the nickname "Rara" (shortened from Coloratura), and they wrote the song Equestria, the Land I Love together. Some time later, Coloratura moves to Manehattan in order to become famous, and she and Applejack communicate via letter before eventually losing touch.

In present day, Coloratura has grown up to become a pop singer under the stage name "Countess Coloratura". She travels to Ponyville with her manager Svengallop and "Hot Pony"[3] backup dancers to perform in the Helping Hooves Music Festival. Through the guidance of her manager, Coloratura has become somewhat of a diva who has high standards and only greets other ponies with hoof-shaped autograph stamps. However, she loves doing charity work and meeting school foals at each event she attends.

Applejack learns that Coloratura's changes are the result of her manager Svengallop, who exploits her stardom and intimidates other ponies from behind the scenes. When she tries to talk to Coloratura about it, Coloratura takes offense, and the two have a mild falling-out. Determined to make her old friend realize the truth, Applejack sets Svengallop up to expose his true nature, and an appalled Coloratura finds herself abandoned by him.

At the end of the episode, Coloratura learns to embrace her true self and sings The Magic Inside in front of a large audience of ponies. To show her gratitude to Applejack, she also sings a reprise of Equestria, the Land I Love with the Cutie Mark Crusaders.

Other depictions

Chapter books

Countess Coloratura is mentioned in chapter 13 of Discord and the Ponyville Players Dramarama, "Discord's Secret Debut". Her mention in the book precedes her appearance in the show.

My Little Pony (mobile game)

Countess Coloratura and Rara are characters in Gameloft's mobile game. The game's description of Rara states, "This pop star is now at peace with her past and hearing her sing about it is truly a blast!"

Merchandise

My Little Pony Explore Equestria Coloratura doll
A brushable toy of Coloratura was released in 2016 under the toyline's "Explore Equestria" label.[4]

An Enterplay poster featuring Coloratura was distributed at Ponycon NYC 2016.[5]

In the Marks in Time expansion set of Enterplay's collectible card game, a card of Coloratura gives her the description "As Rara grew older she moved up to being a camp counselor. Staff asked her to sing the Equestrian Anthem at the start of each summer."

Quotes

"Hoofsies!"
The Mane Attraction
"Absolutely not. My favorite part of any event is meeting with the schoolponies!"
— The Mane Attraction
"I am not Rara! I am Countess Coloratura! And while we may have been friends when we were young, we have clearly gone in different directions!"
— The Mane Attraction
"You clearly don't understand the real me!"
— The Mane Attraction
"Of course. After all, the show must go on!"
— The Mane Attraction
"This song may be familiar, but yet, it's totally different. Kind of like me, Rara."
— The Mane Attraction

Gallery

Coloratura crying in happiness while performing her song S5E24

Coloratura image gallery

See also

References

  1. Lena Hall's live reaction to The Mane Attraction. YouTube (2015-11-21). Retrieved on 2015 November 24.
  2. Amy Keating Rogers (2015-11-21). Coming up with Coloratura’s name, I needed her to have a title and wanted her name to have a musical reference. #MLPSeason5 #MLP5. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 November 21.
  3. Amy Keating Rogers (2015-11-21). In my script, those male ponies assisting Countess Coloratura were simply called Hot Ponies. #MLP5 #MLPSeason5. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 November 21.
  4. My Little Pony Coloratura Doll. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2015 November 21.
  5. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2016-02-05). Retrieved on 2016 February 6.

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