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    Default Best Queen of the Night?

    The Queen of the Night is a high octane role in Die Zauberflote, which Mozart wrote for his sister-in-law. She must have been some singer!
    Diana Damrau here makes a really terrifying Queen in her second aria. A real spitfire.



    Any other contenders?

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    Lucia Popp made a terrific recording with Klemperer

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDUyA-fVie8

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    Last edited by nina foresti; May-07-2018 at 00:00.

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    Edda Moser, hands down. The queen of the night is supposed to be una cagna sinistra (stupid language filter...), not a song bird. She isn't supposed to sound "pretty", she's supposed to sound FIERCE.

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    Christina Deutekom - Der Hölle Rache (Studio) number one, closely followed by Lucia Popp.

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    Lucia Popp is a good one, as is Rita Streich. I might have a Queen of the Night off later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    Lucia Popp is a good one, as is Rita Streich. I might have a Queen of the Night off later...
    No question that these are both wonderful pieces of singing, but count me with those who prefer a bigger sound, a more dramatioc KdN, like Moser and Deutekom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    No question that these are both wonderful pieces of singing, but count me with those who prefer a bigger sound, a more dramatioc KdN, like Moser and Deutekom.
    I haven't heard Moser and Deutekom, so will give them a whirl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I haven't heard Moser and Deutekom, so will give them a whirl.
    Deutekom recorded the role on Solti's first recording, still one of my favorites.

    Moser recorded a spectacular Mozart recital for Electrola:

    moser.jpg

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    I've had a good listen to various KdNs and whilst I understand what people see in the more substantial voices of Moser and Deutekom I prefer my Queen of the Night to sing all the notes.

    The overall winner for me is Cheryl Studer, with Lucia Popp a very close second. I also like Sutherland and Streich.

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    Actually , the best by far is the inimitable Florence Foster Jenkins !

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    Actually , the best by far is the inimitable Florence Foster Jenkins !
    OMG I have to agree..................NOT! but funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    Actually , the best by far is the inimitable Florence Foster Jenkins !
    Anyone not familiar with Florence Foster Jenkins is in for a bit of an education! Be warned though - you may never listen to opera again.

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    There can be only one?
    It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. And I am a very ingenious fellow

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    Quote Originally Posted by arpeggio View Post
    There can be only one?
    You can have as much as you like.

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