Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute, has always been a favourite of mine, and one of my favourite arias is the well known and notioriously difficult to sing Queen Of The Night, when the Queen rather insistently orders her daughter, Pamina, to kill the high priest, Sarastro. The aria is full of high drama and tension, requiring the singer to utilise incredible vocal acrobatics, matched superbly by a parrot, as you will see.
I was very interested to see that during recent auditions for this star role, top operatic singer soprano Diana Damrau was faced with stiff competition by a parrot, as can be seen filmed by a secret camera man on location.
When asked why the parrot did not get the part a spokesman said that Ms Damrau won the part by her superior acting ability.
Judge for yourselves . . lol
If anyone would like to see the full human version, please be my guest.
Crumbs!! "Hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn" . . . and . . "Methinks the lady doth protest too much!" . . .
When asked to comment on why she did not get the part, the parrot said she should have practiced a bit harder.
Rumour has it that Mozart was inspired to model the role on his rather eccentric and vocal mother-in-law, that is at least the flavour gleaned from the equally well know production, Amadeus.
When children my mother used to wake us each morning with a "Wake Up, Get Up and Shut Up", followed by a breathtaking and dreadful rendition of "Queen Of The Night". My father said she sounded like a dying duck in a thunderstorm . . lol