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Watch: Opera's toughest vocal challenge

Mozart's The Magic Flute features one of the most explosive tunes ever written – a challenge for even the best sopranos.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

14 September 2017 at 5.00pm | 4 Comments

In the run-up to The Royal Opera's live cinema relay of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) on 20 October 2017, South Korean soprano Haegee Lee took to Facebook Live to give us a taste of one of the most explosive and menace-filled tunes in all opera – the Queen of the Night's aria, ‘Der Hölle Rache’.

The opera tells the story of Prince Tamino who promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the enchanter Sarastro. Once Pamina has been freed from his control, ‘Der Hölle Rache’ sees the Queen ordering her daughter to kill Sarastro.

As demonstrated by Haegee and pianist David GowlandThe Magic Flute features some of Mozart's most memorable music, and even the composer's supposed rival Salieri (a conflict so memorably immortalized in the play and film Amadeus) was begrudgingly forced into conceding its genius.

Haegee is a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists scheme, a Royal Opera programme that supports the artistic development of talented singers at the beginning of their career.

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The Magic Flute runs until 14 October 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 20 September 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

This article has 4 comments

  1. John schlesinger responded on 19 September 2017 at 8:49pm Reply

    Fabulous delivery with faultless technique especially the fiendish triplets.

  2. S Bainton responded on 19 September 2017 at 10:54pm Reply

    Problem with dates???

  3. John Fisher responded on 8 October 2017 at 9:40pm Reply

    Great stuff, I've seen Magic Flute twice at ENO and at Dresden but now wish I had been able to this production.

  4. Emile responded on 24 December 2017 at 4:23pm Reply

    amazing die zauberflote I was also in it

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