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Diana Damrau - Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute)

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Published on Jan 17, 2013

Full Song Title: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Aria (Queen of night)

Here is another one of my favorite Mozart pieces,it's from the Opera Die Zauberflöte K. 620 (The Magic Flute). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of my absolute favorite composers and I can't get enough of him :-) .

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Born in Salzburg, Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty.

At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.

He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profound. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years".

Diana Damrau, is one of the most sensational opera singers to emerge in the past decade. She has a sparkling voice that exudes personality, and her technique is so secure that she can concentrate her talents into bringing out a character's dramatic nuances. In Mozart's operas, she has already sung Kostanze in the "Entführung aus dem Serail," Susanna in "Le Nozze di Figaro," Servillia in "La Clemenza di Tito" and Fauno in "Ascanio in Alba." She has also assayed the lead roles in Donizetti's "Don Pasquale and L 'Elisir d 'Amore," Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," Salieri's "Europa Riconosciuta" and Strauss' "Die Ägyptische Helena," "Ariadne auf Naxos," "Arabella" and "Der Rosenkavalier." While she is an outstanding and endearing presence in all these operas, the role where she remains nonpareil is as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte k. 620).

No other soprano, not even those legendary singers that include Lucia Popp, Roberta Peters, Luciana Serra or Sumi Jo, have mastered the role's technical and dramatic demands the way Damrau has in the past decade or so that she has been singing this extremely complex character. In the ten minutes that she is onstage, she breathes so much life into the Queen that she can save a performance from mediocrity.

Mrs. Damrau retired this singing part in 2006. Most opera stars sing the role and then put it away forever because it's so hard on the voice. Well, those are High Fs. A lot of them :-).

The Magic Flute (German: Die Zauberflöte), K. 620, is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. The work premiered on 30 September 1791 at Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I have. All my videos are available in HD (720p)!

You can buy the song on iTunes. And the DVD on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Mozart-Die-Zauberflöte-Simon-Keenlyside/dp/B0000C5RQF/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1358422974&sr=8-4&keywords=the+magic+flute

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