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At the Opera- 11/17/12 - Mozart: The Magic Flute


The Magic Flute is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. The work premiered in 1791 at Schikaneder's theater in Vienna. The Magic Flute is noted for its prominent Masonic elements; Schikaneder and Mozart were Masons and lodge brothers. The opera is also influenced by Enlightenment philosophy, and can be regarded as an allegory advocating enlightened absolutism. The Queen of the Night represents a dangerous form of obscurantism or, according to some, the anti-Masonic Empress Maria Theresa. Her antagonist Sarastro symbolises the enlightened sovereign who rules according to principles based on reason, wisdom, and nature. The story itself portrays the education of mankind, progressing from chaos through religious superstition to rationalistic enlightenment, by means of trial (Tamino) and error (Papageno), ultimately to make "the Earth a heavenly kingdom, and mortals like the gods". This fully restored vintage recording that was recorded both live and in-studio in 1937 and 1938, stars Helge Roswaenge and Erna Berger. Sir Thomas Beecham conducts the Berlin Philharmonic.

 
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:11p
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote - The Magic Flute - Berlin Philharmonic; Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor; Rosewaenge/Berger; Label: Melodram; Number: MEL27056 FindBUY FindBUY
10:00p
10:31p
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail Excerpts - Berlin Philharmonic; Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor; Rosewaenge/Berger; Label: Melodram; Number: MEL27056 FindBUY FindBUY
10:50p
Giuseppi Verdi: Rigoletto: Sherrill Milnes/Malcolm King/Jennifer Smith/Alan Watt/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Julius Rudel/Beverly Sills/Alfredo Kraus/Samuel Ramey/Mignon Dunn/Ann Murray/Dennis O'Neill/ - Philharmonic Orchestra / Ambrosian Opera Chorus; Julius Rudel, conductor; Sills/Milnes/Kraus; Label: EMI Classics; Number: 5099909488823 FindBUY FindBUY
11:00p
11:53p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:56p
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III - Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:59p
Puccini: Le villi, opera: La Tregenda ; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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