This week on Ether Game's Weekly Podcast, the Brain Trust is exploring what's inside by looking at some "Heart and Soul." Can you figure out this heartfelt piece of music? Remember to keep your ears out for a portion of Tuesday night's Teaser selection. And don't forget to tune into the full show on Tuesday, November 7th at 8:00pm for a chance to win a prize!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791): DIE ZAUBERFLÕTE: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (Queen of the Night Aria)
Sumi Jo, soprano; Wiener Philharmoniker; Sir Georg Solti, conductor. Die Zauberflöte (London)
Matters of the heart aren't always romantic. Take, for instance, the Queen of the Night's famous aria from The Magic Flute. In the aria, the Queen is filled with rage against the priest Sarastro, singing in the opening line "The vengeance of hell boils in my heart!" The Queen tries to convince her own daughter Pamina to kill Sarastro, offering her an ultimatum: murder him or be cursed forever. We learn later in the opera that Sarastro is pure of heart, and Pamina ignores her allegiance to her mother. The aria requires some vocal acrobatics and a range rarely found in opera. The role was first premiered by Mozart's sister-in-law, soprano Josepha Weber, who, after a highly successful premier, would continue to perform as the Queen of the Night for ten more years.