This soprano has no idea her aria is being ‘translated’ behind her back

Mozart’s ‘Come scoglio,’ from the opera ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ is one of the most difficult arias in the soprano repertory. In this clip, the aria is given the treatment by conductor and comedian Rainer Hersch. Rainer conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London, with renowned mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg.

Comedian Rainer Hersch has performed on every comedy stage in Britain and in more than thirty countries across the world. He has appeared many times at Edinburgh Festival and presented many programmes for the BBC.

A trained conductor, he also combines comedy with his love of classical music, leading orchestras from Australia to St Petersburg and working with some of the great names in classical music including Alfred Brendel, Nicola Benedetti, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Marc-André Hamelin.