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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27 1756- December 5 1791)


















Diana Damrau













Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen,

The original playbill for The Magic Flute

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, Rachegötter,
Hört der Mutter Schwur!












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! (as death)
Hear, Gods of Revenge,
Hear a mother’s oath!



Damrau delivers the most iconic, fire-breathing, menace-filled performance of this aria on record.


The YouTube clip is in high resolution, so it can be watched on a full screen.




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Natalie Dessay
















Dessay interprets the role with more psychological nuance, with madness and fragility rather than pure venom.

Both versions are superb in their own individual way, and serve to demonstrate how one diva’s interpretation of a role can differ so much from another’s.

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