Rachele Gilmore’s 100 MPH Fastball, an article about opera of all things, and high performance in the arts.
Again, perhaps, we are in this area of "is it art or sport?" Does it make it better art if hardly anybody else can replicate it?
Funny enough, I found this just after having come across this snippet of a wonderful rendition of The Queen Of The Night Aria (You need QuickTime to hear this). This also obviously is very hard to sing indeed, and I even really like it as music too, wonderful melody.
iTunes had many different rendition of The Magic Flute and this song, but I didn't find one I like equally. The singers all seemed like they were stressed by the difficulty of the piece, usually doing it too fast (I guess running out of breath is a real issue).
Based on the radio show, this recording must be from before 1999. If you happen to know which one it is... ?
"Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" ("Hell's vengeance [rage] boils in my heart") is the actual title of the song. Mozart had balls, and humor. Other song titles in the Magic Flute include "Hm, hm, hm, hm" and "pa pa pa". Wie wunderbar.