After my failed attempt of going to “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” in the National Theater, I’m convinced now that I have to go and watch these two super amazing performers. Most of all because of the energy in Rolando Villazón. I could stay here saying how much I admire that man, but… you can see it in this video. It doesn’t matter if you can not speak German, Rolando is enough expressive.
This time the “song” of the day is the aria “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” from my favorite Opera Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.
The literal translation of the “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” is “The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart” and it is sung by a soprano in the character of the Queen of the Night. I “discovered” the song while hearing years ago pieces from Mozart’s Opera and voice of the soprano impressed me so much that I felt in love of the aria, but it was after some years when I re-discovered it with my Lodge brothers and found out the true whole meaning of the Opera, being this aria one of the most crucial events in the masterpiece.
It is commonly abbreviated as “Der Hölle Rache” or some times as “The Aria of the Queen of the Night”, even when there are other arias of the Queen of the night in the magic flute. The colotura with the high C (which needs a high tessitura too) draws attention really fast and gives a lot of power to the piece. So in the end we can just really enjoy the aria with the magistral voice of the corresponding soprano.