What is the Queen of the Night actually singing about in Mozart’s aria?
The Queen of the Night administers as one of the most difficult to define. Most importantly, she is big-headed and fast to anger. She feels bitter Sarastro’s fame and authority, and can not bear to see her daughter kept in his power. Sarastro calls her unsympathetic. However, an unsympathetic individual is defined as doing not have in sentiment, and also the Queen certainly presents emotion. When she first speaks with Tamino, one can hear her sorrow as well as stress at the loss of her child. Pay attention to the sadness in this aria, O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn (click here!). She untruthfully explains Sarastro as a bad guy only because her rage and also frustration have distorted her perspective.
The Queen of the Night: she’s the fabulously frightening character in Mozart’s The Magic Flute that a lot of sopranos have a total love-hate partnership with.
Her aria ‘Der Hölle Rache’, more generally called the Queen of the Night aria, reaches a tremendously high, Mariah Carey-level F6 above leading C. It’s an aria scheduled only for the most bold sopranos, like Mozart’s sister-in-law Josepha Hofer (the original Queen of the Night) as well as German diva Diana Damrau.
But amongst the distracting coloratura flows of ‘ah-ah-ah-ah-aaah!’, what in the world is the Queen of the Night in fact singing about?
To offer some context to her rage, the aria comes at a minute when the Queen’s power as well as position is endangered by the sorcerer Sarastro, whose brotherhood her daughter Pamina is considering joining.
The Queen of the Night is not totally wicked as she is occasionally defined, neither is she totally good. Unlike many of the various other characters, her individuality is reasonable as well as multi-faceted. She has both a cool, calculating side as well as a mild, caring side. She is a mix of both great as well as evil, driven much more by her emotions and also forceful identity than her morality.
The lyrics in English:
The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart,
Death and despair flame about me!
If Sarastro does not through you feel
The pain of death,
Then you will be my daughter nevermore.
Disowned may you be forever,
Abandoned may you be forever,
Destroyed be forever
All the bonds of nature,
If not through you
Sarastro becomes pale!
Hear, Gods of Revenge,
Hear a mother’s oath!
Watch Diana Damrau performance here:
The lyrics in German:
Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen,
Tod und Verzweiflung flammet um mich her!
Fühlt nicht durch dich Sarastro
So bist du meine Tochter nimmermehr.
Verstossen sei auf ewig,
Verlassen sei auf ewig,
Zertrümmert sei’n auf ewig
Alle Bande der Natur
Wenn nicht durch dich!
Sarastro wird erblassen!
Hört der Mutter Schwur!