April 17, 2009

Königin der Nacht

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's most excellent classical music writer Tom Strini has a nifty YouTube compilation of eleven sopranos performing a bit of a Mozart aria, in advance of the Florentine Opera's production of Die Zauberflöte this weekend.

Actually there are two equally impressive Queen of the Night arias in Mozart's opera (which, some would argue, isn't strictly speaking an opera but a Singspiel, as it contains a lot of spoken dialog).

Here's the other one:

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen* — Maria Callas

* My heart is seething with hellish vengeance.

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