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This week I'll be presenting everyone’s favorite Mozart Singspiel, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) on the Opera House. It was premiered on September 30, 1791 in Vienna’s Theater auf der Wieden, which was operated by librettist Emanuel Schikaneder (the first Papageno). Mozart’s penultimate opera, it is a fairy tale work overlaid with Masonic and humanist symbolism.

Three Ladies (soprano Marie McLaughlin, mezzo-soprano Ann Murray, contralto Hanna Schwarz) save Prince Tamino (tenor Peter Schreier) from a monster and give him a portrait of Pamina (soprano Margaret Price), daughter of their mistress, the Queen of the Night (soprano Luciana Serra). Tamino falls in love with Pamina’s beautiful image, and the Queen charges him with rescuing her from the hands of the supposedly evil Sarastro (bass Kurt Moll), the high priest of Isis. She gives him an enchanted flute to aid him through perils, and sends the bird catcher Papageno (baritone Mikael Melbye) with him as a guide.

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The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2014-15 Season

The Met’s 2014-15 Season Will Feature 26 Operas, Including Three Met Premieres, In Six New Productions and 18 Revivals!

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