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Che Sera, Serail

227 years ago today, Mozart's "Die Entf├╝hrung aus dem Serail" had its first-ever performance in Vienna. Leaving aside what this says about changed performance practice (I'm still working on wrapping my head around the vagaries of performance in classical-era Vienna, where the most long-running chamber-music series in Mozart's day was held at 7 a.m. on either Friday or Saturday morning), I am commemorating this event with one of my favorite renditions (listen to that low register) of an aria for which I retain a great, even irrational fondness.

By Anne Midgette  |  July 16, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
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Oh Anne! Thank you so much for sharing that beautiful aria with us!

Posted by: gauthier310 | July 16, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Thanks so much for posting! Edda Moser is one of my favorite Mozart sopranos (her Queen of the Night is still my favorite and her Donna Anna is right up there with the best). Whenever I hear this aria I always chuckle thinking about Salieri in "Amadeus" when he condemns it as simply a series of "ghastly scales."

Posted by: knightstale | July 16, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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