Mozart's Masonic Mystery: 'The Magic Flute'

INTRODUCTION - By Lisa Simeone





THE HIT SINGLE: 'Hell's Revenge'

Mozart gave the Queen of the Night one of the most treacherous arias in all of opera: "Der Hölle Rache." It's heard in Act Two, as the Queen (soprano Albina Shagimuratova) asks her daughter Pamina to murder Sarastro, and includes four, famously stratsopheric, high F-naturals.





THE "B" SIDE: 'In these holy halls'

When the Queen of the Night finishes her furious aria, Sarastro (bass Peter Rose) follows it with a musical and dramatic mirror image, singing "In diesen heil'gen Hallen." It's a restful number, featuring some of the opera's lowest notes.