From a production of The Magic Flute at Texas A&M University–Commerce: the Queen of the Night menaces the terrified Pamina. "Der Hölle Rache kocht in. The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Grand opera in two acts , Cast: Pamina: Kim-Lillian Strebel, Tamino: Joel Prieto, Queen of the Night. Mozart's The Magic Flute. Do you hear the Queen of the Night singing? Good, evil, bird catchers, and princes, time for Mozart's strangest work. Play.
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE)From a production of The Magic Flute at Texas A&M University–Commerce: the Queen of the Night menaces the terrified Pamina. "Der Hölle Rache kocht in. His new perspective on the work brings to life a Magic Flute that is both refined and elegant: a sober jewel in which appearances often prove misleading. The Magic Flute Part Two is a fragmentary closet libretto by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which is inspired by Mozart's The Magic Flute. First parts were still.
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While the female roles in the opera are assigned to different voice types , the playbill for the premiere performance referred to all of the female singers as "sopranos".
The casting of the roles relies on the actual vocal range of the part. The work is scored for two flutes one doubling on piccolo , two oboes , two clarinets doubling basset horns , two bassoons , two horns , two trumpets , three trombones alto, tenor, and bass , timpani and strings.
It also requires a four-part chorus for several numbers notably the finales of each act. Mozart also called for a stromento d'acciaio instrument of steel to perform Papageno's magic bells.
This instrument has since been lost to history, though modern day scholars believe it to be a keyed glockenspiel , which is usually replaced with a celesta in modern-day performances.
Charles Rosen has remarked on the character of Mozart's orchestration:. Die Zauberflöte has the greatest variety of orchestral color that the eighteenth century was to know; the very lavishness, however, is paradoxically also an economy as each effect is a concentrated one, each one—Papageno's whistle, the Queen of the Night's coloratura, the bells, Sarastro's trombones, even the farewell in Scene I for clarinets and pizzicato strings—a single dramatic stroke.
The opera begins with the overture, which Mozart composed last. Tamino, a handsome prince lost in a distant land, is pursued by a serpent and asks the gods to save him aria: " Zu Hilfe!
Zu Hilfe! He faints, and three ladies, attendants of the Queen of the Night, appear and kill the serpent. They find the unconscious prince extremely attractive, and each of them tries to convince the other two to leave.
After arguing, they reluctantly decide to leave together. Tamino wakes up, and is surprised to find himself still alive. Papageno enters dressed as a bird.
He describes his life as a bird-catcher, complaining he has no wife or girlfriend aria: " Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja ".
Tamino introduces himself to Papageno, thinking Papageno killed the serpent. Papageno happily takes the credit — claiming he strangled it with his bare hands.
The three ladies suddenly reappear and instead of giving Papageno wine, cake and figs, they give him water, a stone and place a padlock over his mouth as a warning not to lie.
The ladies return and tell Tamino that Pamina has been captured by Sarastro, whom they describe as a powerful, evil demon.
Tamino vows to rescue Pamina. The Queen leaves and the ladies remove the padlock from Papageno's mouth with a warning not to lie any more.
They give Tamino a magic flute which has the power to change sorrow into joy. They give Papageno magic bells for protection, telling him to go with Tamino.
The ladies introduce three child-spirits, who will guide Tamino and Papageno to Sarastro's temple.
Together Tamino and Papageno set forth Quintet: "Hm! Pamina is dragged in by Sarastro's slaves, apparently having tried to escape.
Monostatos, a blackamoor and chief of the slaves, orders the slaves to chain her and leave him alone with her.
Monostatos and Papageno are each terrified by the other's strange appearance and both flee. Papageno returns and announces to Pamina that her mother has sent Tamino to save her.
Pamina rejoices to hear that Tamino is in love with her. She offers sympathy and hope to Papageno, who longs for a wife.
Together they reflect on the joys and sacred duties of marital love duet: " Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen ".
The three child-spirits lead Tamino to Sarastro's temple, promising that if he remains patient, wise and steadfast, he will succeed in rescuing Pamina Quartet: " Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn ".
Tamino approaches the left-hand entrance and is denied access by voices from within. The same happens when he goes to the entrance on the right.
But from the entrance in the middle, an old priest appears and lets Tamino in. The old priest is referred to as "The Speaker" in the libretto, but his role is a singing role.
He tells Tamino that Sarastro is benevolent, not evil, and that he should not trust the Queen of the Night. He promises that Tamino's confusion will be lifted when Tamino approaches the temple in a spirit of friendship.
Tamino plays his magic flute. Animals appear and dance, enraptured, to his music. Tamino hears Papageno's pipes sounding offstage, and hurries off to find him aria: " Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton ".
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He plays them, and Papagena appears. The happy pair celebrate their union. Scene Meanwhile, Monostatos, the Queen, and the Three Ladies attempt to destroy the temple, but they are vanquished and cast into eternal darkness.
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Papageno, a birdcatcher baritone. Powered by GoDaddy Website Builder. The Magic Flute, L. Contact Us. At La Flauta Magica we believe in:. Papageno is afraid.
He is willing to undergo any ordeal, no matter how painful, in order to win Pamina. On being promised a young pretty Papagena who matches him in everything, he is prepared to at least attempt the ordeal of silence.
They are told that they will be left alone, and that they, no matter what happens, may not speak. If they do, all is lost.
The first test is to be able to resist the guiles of women: this is the beginning of wisdom. To modern ears this sounds decidedly sexist, so let me rephrase it slightly.
The beginning of wisdom is to be able to liberate yourself from being dominated by the forces of the subjective and subconsious mind as represented by the Moon.
It also has to do with controlling your sexuality; the Initiate is not ruled by his passions. There is nothing wrong with having passions, not at all, but to advance on the Path, your passions must not control you, you must rule over them; you must not suppress them, but rule them wisely.
Note, also, that Tamino and Papageno are not being told to give up women: it is a simply a test, and as such is limited in time.
Neither are women decried anywhere in the text, nor is the female principle. We are simply talking about aspects of the soul.
It has nothing to do with physical gender. This is extremely important in all occultism. Suddenly, the Tree Ladies appear, seemingly out of nowhere.
They try everything in order to make Tamino and Papageno speak to them. Papageno, who has no self-control, can barely keep himself from talking; Tamino constantly has to tell him to shut up.
Away with the women to Hell! The Ladies vanish, but the Queen of Night is still at large in the Temple….
She is furious because Tamino has chosen to become an Initiate of the Sun. Otherwise she will forever be disowned.
So, the forces of Night are indeed threatening to overtake the Realms of the Sun. So, an uprush of subconscious force, working through the anima of the candidate, is threatening to flood the conscious mind, thereby cutting off all contact with the superconscious levels of Tifaret.
It is in fact a classic reaction from the subconscious: it does not want to change, it wants to stay the way it is, and it will go to great lengths to prevent any change in consciousness.
This applies to quite mundane things, like giving up smoking, and it also applies to Initiation. Here, though, we see it in a very dramatic and extreme form: by acquiring the Disc of the Sun, the subconscious would overthrow the superconscious and rule supreme — a very serious mental condition, if not a total dissolution of the entire psyche.
But of course, the Higher Self cannot be killed. The two priests lead them into a vast hall. Papageno chatters and complains that he is hungry.
They also bring a table full of food — Papageno immediately proceeds to stuff himself. Tamino plays his flute, and Pamina is attracted by its sounds.
Tamino turns away, since he has been forbidden to speak. Pamina cannot understand this and thinks Pamino has stopped loving her.
This is the second test, one which Tamino just barely is able to pass. Then the trombones call on the two men to continue on their way. Sarastro praises Tamino for his calm.
Pamina, who by now is quite beside herself and even has contemplated suicide, is brought in. Sarastro bids the two say farewell, for it is time for the final test.
Papageno, meanwhile, has lost his way. One of the priests arrives and chides him, telling him that if he goes on like this, he will never attain to the celestial joy of the Initiates.
And as he wishes, so it is. Pamino is ready to undertake the third and final test: the Trial by Water and Fire. Once again, the key switches to the Masonic key of E flat major.
We can see two mountains on either side of the stage: through two openings can be seen black mist and glowing fire, respectively. Two men in black armour, wearing helmets with burning crests, read from a pyramid:.
He who treads the road full of care, Is purified by fire, water, air and earth. If he can overcome the fear of death, he soars heavenwards away from earth!
Enlightened, he will then be able To dedicate himself entirely to the mysteries of Isis. Oh, yes, the Mysteries of Isis: those who are not able to think in symbols and would like to accuse The Magic Flute of being sexist might have a slight problem here.
Just as Tamino is about to enter the first cave, he hears the voice of Pamina, who has been given permission to join him as an Initiate: they can now undergo the final test together.