by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sung in German with English Subtitles
An NCPA-The Metropolitan Opera (New York) Presentation
Die Zauberflöte—a sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism—was written for a theatre located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a singspiel (song-play) format characterised by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to light-hearted, of the story and score. The composer and the librettist were both Freemasons—the fraternal order whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals—and Masonic imagery is used throughout the work. The story, however, is as universal as any fairy tale.
Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
Cast: Erin Morley, Kathryn Lewek, Lawrence Brownlee, Thomas Oliemans, Alan Held, Stephen Milling & Brenton Ryan
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