Mozart Zaide


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Ruhe Sanft from Zaide Sheet music for Soprano Voice - This famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart operas list contains various bits of information, such as what language they were composed in and what genre the popular Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart opera falls under. There are a lot of well-known Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart operas out there so this list is a great way to learn about the ones you haven't heard of. Mozart never completed Zaide. Although some seventy-five minutes of music have survived. In the autograph score, eleven of the fifteen numbers are prefaced by short cues that give the final few chords of the preceeding spoken dialogue.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Johann Adreas Schachtner


27 January 1866, Frankfurt (Opernhaus)




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About the opera Zaide

Zaide (originally, Das Serail) is an unfinished opera, K. 344, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1780. Emperor Joseph II, in 1778, was in the process of setting up an opera company for the purpose of performing German opera. One condition required of the composer to join this company was that he should write a comic opera. At Salzburg in 1779 he began work on a new 'rescue' opera, Zaide. It contains spoken dialogue, which also classifies it as a Singspiel (literally, 'singing play'). Only the arias and ensembles from the first two acts were composed. Missing are an overture and third act.
Rescue operas were popular at the time, since Muslim pirates were preying on Mediterranean shipping, particularly to obtain slaves for various purposes. This story portrays Zaide's effort to save her beloved, Gomatz.
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Roles in Zaide

Zaide Soprano
Gomatz Tenor
Allazim Bass
Sultan Soliman Tenor
Osmin Bass
Zaram Spoken
Four slaves Tenor

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Brüder lasst uns lustig seinPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.01Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: GermanRoles:
2Unerforschlige FügungPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.02Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: GermanRoles: Gomatz
3Ruhe sanft mein holdes LebenPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.03Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: GermanRoles: Zaide
4Rase Schicksal wüte immerPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.04Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: GermanRoles: Gomatz
5Meine Seele hupft vor FreudenPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.05Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: GermanRoles: Zaide/Gomatz
6Herr und Freund wie dank ich dirPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.06Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: GermanRoles: Gomatz
7Nur mutig mein HerzePopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.07Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: GermanRoles: Allazim
8O selige WonnePopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.08Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: GermanRoles: Zaide/Gomatz/Allazim
9Lastens nehmt Faden aufgreifenPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.01Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: GermanRoles: Sultan Soliman
10Der stolze Löw lässt sich zähmenPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.02Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: GermanRoles: Sultan Soliman
11Wer hungrig bei der Tafel sitztPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.03Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: GermanRoles: Osmin
12Ich bin so böse als gutPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.04Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: GermanRoles: Sultan Soliman
13Trostlos schluchzet PhilomelePopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.05Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: GermanRoles: Zaide
14Tiger wetze nur die KlauenPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.06Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: GermanRoles: Zaide
15Ihr Mächtigen seht ungerührtPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.07Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: GermanRoles: Allazim
16Freundin stille deine TränenPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.08Type: quartetVoice: T B T SLanguage: GermanRoles: Gomatz/Allazim/Sultan Soliman/Zaide
17MarschPopularity: Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.09Type: Voice: n/aLanguage: GermanRoles:

Mozart Zaide K 344

Zaide falls in love with Gomatz, a slave, which strikes up jealousy and rage in the Sultan, who happens to also admire her. After capture she chooses a free life with Gomatz rather than a good life with the Sultan. Allazim encourages the sultan to consider Gomatz as a man, not as a slave. The final surviving quartet suggests Zaide and Gomatz are sentenced to punishment or execution. This is where Mozart's manuscript breaks off.

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There are similarities with Voltaire's play Zaïre (Zara) in which Zaïre, a Christian slave who had been captured as a baby falls in love with Osman, the Sultan of Jersusalem. Osman wrongly believes Zaïre and another Christian slave Nerestan (Gomatz in Mozart's opera) are lovers and kills Zaïre in a jealous rage and then kills himself. The elderly Lusignan, a prisoner of the Sultan (paralleled in the character Allazim) recognizes Zara and Nerestan as his children as she escorts him to safety. From the surviving arias we can deduce a few differences between Voltaire's play and Mozart's opera. By Act II of the opera Zaide, Gomatz, and possibly Allazim actually escape, only to be captured once more. In the opera there is no evidence that Mozart intended to cast Zaide, Gomatz and Allazim as a reunited family. Indeed, the original ending of Voltaire's play may have been too serious for contemporary tastes and may have been a reason for Mozart's leaving the project incomplete.