Monday, April 6, 2009

Queens of the Night

Wow, Miranda is at it again, this time conquering(?) the "Queen of the Night" aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Listening to her sing really amuses me for some reason. It's funny, of course, but it's also delightfully disorienting to hear her microtonal (and, um, "macrotonal") key migrations. I actually think it takes a lot of skill to sing with the unexpected key changes (and here, rhythm anomalies) she continually surprises us with!

I should mention that I've previously featured some other winning performances of this aria on my blog, including the "Hansel of the Night" version (this kid doesn't even need to raise his eyebrows to sing high, as Miranda suggests singers do in her free voice lesson):

(Did you catch the alarming wrong chord in the piano around 1:20?

Then of course, there's Florence Foster Jenkins, who really gives Miranda a run for her money... or is it the other way around?

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