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"Mad scenes" are typically considered a soprano phenomenon, but it's not too difficult to find mezzo and contralto roles which have their own mad scenes. Some examples include
1) Condotta ell'era in Ceppi: Azucena's aria from Trovatore
2) "Where Shall I Fly?" from Handel's Hercules
3) Klytemnestra's dream scene in Elektra
 

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"Mad scenes" are typically considered a soprano phenomenon, but it's not too difficult to find mezzo and contralto roles which have their own mad scenes. Some examples include
1) Condotta ell'era in Ceppi: Azucena's aria from Trovatore
2) "Where Shall I Fly?" from Handel's Hercules
3) Klytemnestra's dream scene in Elektra
Where Shall I Fly? is a splendid aria!
 

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Dido experiences major depressive disorder.
As for Ulrika, she is right finally. Her prototype was a modest woman, who collected gossip, was fond of spiritualism and assembled concerned guests.
 

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Final of Orlando furioso is a mad scene.
I shall look into this one

Can Ulrika be considered mad or it's just a business?
I was wondering the same thing. Does it only count if they are GOING crazy, or is it enough that they ARE kinda crazy from the get go.

Dido's suicide in Purcell's and Berlioz'es operas.
this was one my "didn't quite make it list". opera is fond enough of suicide that it gets its own category haha
 
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