Die Zauberflöte

Mozart’s operatic masterpiece The Magic Flute, prominently featured in the film Amadeus, is the fifth most frequently performed opera worldwide. Mozart’s close friend and Masonic Lodge brother Schikaneder based his libretto on the singspiel (singing and playing) style popular at the time, and the opera is filled with mysterious Masonic references, as well as one glittering aria after another. The story is a fairy tale with supernatural elements. Prince Tamino, lost in unfamiliar territory, escapes certain death from the bite of a serpent. The bird catcher Papageno claims credit for saving Tamino, but in fact it was three mysterious ladies who serve the Queen of the Night. The Queen alleges her daughter Pamina has been abducted by evil villain Sarastro. When Tamino pledges to save Pamina, the ladies bestow a magic flute upon him and a set of enchanted bells on Papageno, and the two set off together on their mission. As they lose and find each other, each adventurer discovers truths and deceptions, including the fact that Sarastro is not the enemy but in fact Pamina’s father. Ultimately Tamino finds Pamina, and a test of their courage symbolizes the victory of good over evil as they are finally united.

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