This clip has nothing to do with Epiphany, it's just that today is that Festival. Anyway, here are two clips of the "Der Hölle Rache" from the Magic Flute. Clip 1 with Diana Damrau in a very colorful production from Salzburg 2006. Damrau is a great actress and the long dialog clip before the aria is very captivating. She sings the aria gloriously - except that the tempo is slow and I get the feeling that she is uncomfortable, as she seems to always be rushing. It is too bad that this conductor took this so slow.
Ok - clip two - is not nearly as well acted. It is from a very traditional production and the Queen is sung by Elena Mosuc. The coloratura is beautiful - very bell-like. The tempo is much, much better, in my view. Well done.... enjoy...
Finally - to balance - Matti Salminen sings the aria "In diesen heil'gen Hallen" I am a big fan of his. His voice is so smooth and beautiful.... Enjoy...
2 years ago