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from Act II of the German opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Christoph Friedrich Bretzner

Role: Blondchen, Konstanze's English maid, now assigned to Osmin
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: soubrette
Setting: the gardens of Pasha Selim's country home
Synopsis: Osmin tries to order Blondchen to satisfy his every wish. Blondchen responds vehemently, though, stating that she will not be ordered around. The only ways she can be won over is by tenderness, flattery, and good humor and Osmin's bad attitude only make her want him less.
Range: Tessitura:
E4 - E6A4 - F#/Gb5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln, Blondchen's aria from Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln,	With tenderness and coaxing,
Gefälligkeit und Scherzen		kindness and pleasantries,
Erobert man die Herzen			it's easy to conquer
Der guten Mädchen leicht.		a gentle maiden's heart.

Doch mürrisches Befehlen,		But surly commands,
Und Poltern, Zanken, Plagen		bluster, abuse and scolding
Macht, dass in wenig Tagen		will very quickly banish
So Lieb' als Treu' entweicht.		both love and faithfulness.

Translation by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Prima Donna's Album. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
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