Opera in two acts Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder First performed on 30. September, 1791 in Vienna Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 24. September, 1991 Recommended from 10 years on Prince Tamino is menaced by a wild dragon. At the last moment he is saved by three mysterious women, who have been sent by the Queen of the Night. When the bird catcher Papageno appears and boasts of his.
Tamino passes through the ordeals of fire and water, protected by the magic flute. Papageno has been tantalised by the occasional appearance of an old woman, claiming to be his bride. He is about to kill himself, when relief comes, through the Three Boys, when he makes use of the magic bells to bring a transformed young Papagena to his side.
The Text. When Emanuel Schikaneder wrote the libretto for The Magic Flute in 1790 he specifically chose to write it in his native German rather than Italian (the traditional language of opera in his day). At ENO we perform all our productions in English for the same reason, translating and adapting original texts so they are accessible to anyone.The Magic Flute in English The Magic Flute (German: ), K. 620, 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.This book is the libretto for Mozart's The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote). It provides the libretto of the opera in German and English as well as French. It is a benefit to go through the libretto to fully understand the lyrics being sung and to learn the story being told.
The German-language libretto of The Magic Flute was the work of Mozart's collaborator Emanuel Schikaneder, who was also theatre manager and sang Papageno at the first performances in 1791. For the plot, see The Magic Flute, and for details of the libretto see Libretto of The Magic Flute.
The opera libretto library: the authentic (sic) texts of the German, French, and Italian operas with music of the principal airs, with the complete English and German, French, or Italian parallel texts. New York: Avenel Books, 1980.
The guide contains the complete German libretto with a new English translation by Kenneth Chalmers and incorporates all the dialogue so frequently cut in performances. There are sixteen pages of illustrations, a musical thematic guide, a discography, a bibliography and DVD and website guides.
Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE is the most frequently performed opera in the German-speaking world. This variegated masterpiece straddling Viennese popular theatre, fairytale, myth and the mystery of freemasonry is a puzzle even today: did Mozart and his librettist Schikaneder switch horses in mid-stream, changing allegiance from the Queen of the Night to Sarastro?
Papageno wants Papagena - Tamino his Pamina. But the pathway to love is not a simple one! Everyone has to undergo difficult trials. They even have to decide against murder and suicide, and do without food and drink and sometimes even without speech and song. The things that help them survive danger are a flute and a set of magic bells. The most world-renowned opera in a classically beautiful.
The ladies now free Papageno, and give Tamino a magic flute and Papageno a set of magic bells to protect them, telling them that three boys will guide them on their journey. Within Sarastro’s walls, Monostatos is attempting to rape Pamina, but runs away when he is frightened by Papageno.
The English translation for the Met’s abridged version of The Magic Flute is by American poet and librettist J. D. McClatchy. The Setting The libretto specifies Egypt as the location of the action. That country was traditionally regarded as the legendary birthplace of the Masonic fraternity, whose symbols and rituals populate this opera.
The Magic Flute appears to give rise to more questions and mysteries rather than provide answers. At the end the immense fantasy of this magical opera defies all logic and reason. Its secret lies in deeper layers of fundamental human experiences for which the fairytale appears simply to be the most adequate form of expression and only music finds the appropriate language.
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The Magic Flute is a singspiel, which is a form of German light opera. This means that, unlike most opera, The Magic Flute contains sections of spoken German dialogue in between the arias instead of the sung recitative which is usually used to propel the story in an opera. Our production will feature surtitles above and to the side of the stage.
The Magic Flute is referred to as a “rescue opera,” since it opens with Tamino going off to free Pamina. Such plots, concerning the triumph of liberty over tyranny, were wildly popular at the time. The libretto to The Magic Flute was written by Emanuel Schikaneder, a rascal and singing actor who ran a small theater in the suburbs of Vienna.