O, wie will ich triumphieren

"O, wie will ich triumphieren" (or, "Ha, wie will ich triumphieren"), is an aria for low bass from Mozart's singspiel Die Entführung aus dem Serail. It is well known for the extraordinary technical demands it makes on the singer, and is sometimes performed in recitals and featured in anthologies by basses who are able to sing it. It features rapid precision-coloratura, abrupt octave-leaps between the upper and lower registers, and extended low notes,[1] including a drawn-out low D (D2, one of the lowest notes demanded of any voice in opera).[2][3] Mozart wrote it with one particular bass in mind: the very famous Ludwig Fischer.[4]


Osmin, the bad-tempered house-servant to Pasha Selim, has caught his hated enemies trying to rescue a noblewoman from captivity in the Pasha's harem. He taunts them, gleefully anticipating the pleasure of seeing them hanged.[5]


  1. ^ "die entführung aus dem serail" (PDF). Metopera.org. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Learn About Opera". Manitobaopera.mb.ca. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. ^ "New York chronicle". Newcriterion.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. ^ Grout, Donald Jay; Hermine Weigel Williams (2003). The Opera of Mozart and his Contemporaries (Google Books). A Short History of Opera. Columbia University Press. p. 325. ISBN 0-231-11958-5. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
  5. ^ "The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384". Kennedy-center.org. Retrieved 1 December 2017.

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