From the wonders of the Web come two, um, unique performances of the Queen of the Night’s aria from Mozart’s “Magic Flute.”
The first, from the remarkable collection of old cylinder recordings now digitized and maintained by the University of California at Santa Barbara, is Maria Galvany’s galvanizing performance from 1910.
And, speaking of Youtube, as we just were: this second one has made the rounds, so you may already have seen the aria being performed by a boy soprano in lederhosen.
Thing is, the kid’s pretty good!
Wow! Unique is the right word for Galvany. You'd think in our modern age of "Xtreme" everything, we'd have more living performers willing to push the boundaries this way -- faithfulness to the score be damned...