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Thread: The Fourth (as far as I know) Installment of the 30-Day Opera Challenge

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    I was tempted to go for Iago's Credo from Otello, and certainly agree about the chilling La Luce Langue, but I think Scarpia's Te Deum (Tosca) just edges it for sheer menace, certainly enhanced by the contrast of the choral background.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Braddan View Post
    Not strictly an aria but every time Otrud turns she scares the hell out of me.
    With a great mezzo-soprano like Christa Ludwig hurling it across the footlights, Ortrud's "Entweihte Gotter" is about the most fearsome minute and a half you could live through.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCuZtdztBuQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    With a great mezzo-soprano like Christa Ludwig hurling it across the footlights, Ortrud's "Entweihte Gotter" is about the most fearsome minute and a half you could live through.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCuZtdztBuQ
    Thanks for that link-awesome in the true sense of the word.

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    As a tenor I'd have to say the scariest aria is Di quella pira with those high Cs
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    "Hagen's Watch on the Rhine" from Gotterdammerung makes me shiver and shudder. Here's some pure blackness from Ludwig Weber in 1936:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrPLaF_GsrI

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    In Dialogues des Carmelites, the death of Mother Superior, when done correctly, can be pretty creepy:


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    Opening of Act 3 of Tristan.
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    Opening of Walkure. Amazing
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    So we'e on to best instrumental passage now? Sorry, guys above, but it says no overtures or preludes... but that still leaves me with Siegfried's Funeral Music from Gotterdammerung. Spine-tingling-goose-bumping-nerve-shredding moments of genius.

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    oops, sorry ..............................
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    The ghostly sailor chorus in Hollander.
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    Nibelheim..............
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    Feels like we're skipping ahead...

    But ok, non-overture instrumental music. In other words, the contest for all the Wagner fans.

    Transformation music from Parsifal:

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    Forest Murmurs
    Siegfrieds Rhine Journey
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    Immolation scene
    Gotterdammerung
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