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What Am I Singing?

I was introduced to Ach, Ich Fuhl’s at 10 am today, (you try singing Mozart at 10 in the morning), which is from Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (Magic Flute). It is sung by Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. The male lead, Tamino, a handsome prince, falls in love with Pamina at first sight of her portrait. Pamina has been captured by an evil sorcerer, Sarastro. The Queen of the Night promises Pamina’s hand in marriage to Tamino if he rescues her. Does he? The aria is expressing Pamina’s despair when, at Scene 4, Pamina believes Tamino has abandoned her. Curiously, Flute is known for its association with Freemasonry. Continue reading

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