15 January 2009

the high Fs

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen, the second aria by the Queen of the Night in Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is one of the most difficult arias to perform, ranging over two octaves from F4 to the almost supernatural F6.

It is difficult enough for most sopranos. I was blown away to see it performed by a treble (boy soprano).

This clip is of Robin Schlotz in July 2005 when he was 13 years old. He was a member of Tölzer Knabenchor (a famous choir) in Munich.

Though not perfect and one would not expect so from a 13 year old boy, reaching the high Fs was incredible.

Here are another 40

And someone's top four

A recording of Edda Moser's rendition is featured in Yoyager's Golden Record to share with the universe.