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The Magic Flute or Die Zauberflöte)

An Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

This was Mozart’s last opera. It was produced at Vienna on September 30, 1791, and Mozart died on December 5. The libretto was prepared by his friend  Schickanede.

The story is based on circumstances connected with the worship of Isis, the deity of the ancient Egyptians. Sarastro, the high priest of the Temple of Isis, having borne away Pamina, the daughter of Astrifiammante, the wicked Queen of Night, from her mother so that she may be taught in the ways of virtue and wisdom. Tamino, an Egyptian prince is saved from a serpent by the Queen’s servants. They show him a portrait of Pamina, and he falls in love with her. He vows to rescue her.

He is presented with a magic flute, to give alarm and invoke assistance in cases of peril. Papageno, the bird-catcher, who accompanies him, is furnished with musical instruments which, when played, transform anger into laughter and provoke a desire for dancing. Tamino, instead of bringing back Pamina, becomes a noviate in the Temple; meets Pamina there and marries her, while Papageno, also finds a mate.
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