The Magic Flute, K.620, is one of Mozart’s most famous operas. Mozart composed this opera taking into account the performers who would participate in the premiere. The well-known Queen of the Night aria was written especially for Mozart’s sister-in-law, who had a remarkable high range. This particular aria, sung in the early part of the opera by the character Papageno, was written to be performed by the person who wrote the libretto of the opera. His skills were not as developed as some of the other performers, and Wolfgang made sure to make this particular aria light and singable, with lots of help from the orchestra. The piece’s title translates to “Yes, I am the bird-catcher” and Papageno complains that he doesn’t have a partner.
There are two pieces in the opera known as “Papageno’s Aria,” this one is the one sung in Act I. Students will get practice in staccato articulations, dynamics, and fingering changes.
Key: C major
Mood: happy, carefree
Pedagogy: staccato, dynamics, fingering