>> Saturday, January 10, 2009
By far the most outstanding Queen of the Night I've ever heard anywhere, is the German soprano sensation, Diana Damrau! Clear, crisp, and bell-like, she handles the little "turn-arounds" in Der Hölle Rache with clarity and ease, and she plinks out the high "F6" as if it were nothing, and does it all with a sinister snarl befitting the Queen of darkness.
I've posted Ms. Damrau singing both of the Queen's arias from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, because I had a difficult time choosing which one to post. She's just that fantastic! These are from a recent production at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, conducted by Sir Colin Davis.
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