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from Act II, Scene III of the German opera Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder

Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: Pamina's room
Synopsis: Giving her a knife, the Queen of the Night tells Pamina to kill Sarastro in order to get the Shield of the Sun from him.
Range: Tessitura:
F4 - F6A4 - C6
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Lea Frey (added 1997-11-04)
Der Hölle Rache - Queen of the Night's aria from Die Zauberflöte

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen,		Hells Revenge cooks in my heart,
Tot und Verzweiflung flammet um mich her!	Death and despair flame about me!
Fühlt nicht durch dich Sarastro			If Sarastro does not through you feel
Todesschmerzen,					The pain of death,
So bist du meine Tochter nimmermehr.	 	Then you will be my daughter nevermore.
Verstossen sei auf ewig,			Disowned may you be forever,
Verlassen sei auf ewig,				Abandoned may you be forever,
Zertrümmert sei'n auf ewig			Destroyed be forever
Alle Bande der Natur				All the bonds of nature,
Wenn nicht durch dich				If not through you
Sarastro wird erblassen!			Sarastro becomes pale! (as death)
Hört, Rachegötter, 				Hear, Gods of Revenge,
Hoert der Mutter Schwur!			Hear a mother's  oath!

literal translation by Lea F. Frey (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
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