The Magic Flute is a singspiel: an opera form characterized by both singing and speaking. In it, the Queen of the Night convinces Prince Tamino to save her daughter Pamina from the high priest Sarastro. The opera begins as any fairy tale: damsel in distress, evil sorcerer holding her against her will, and prince charming saving the day. The second act diverges from this fairytale format. The Prince and Princess endure many trials together, but will they end up together in their perfect fairytale ending?
Check out this glorious performance of the Queen of the Night Aria performed by Diana Damrau!