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At The Opera, Mozart: Magic Flute March 22, 2014


The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) 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. The work premiered in 1791 at Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna. The Magic Flute is noted for its prominent Masonic elements; Schikaneder and Mozart were Masons and lodge brothers. The opera is also influenced by Enlightenment philosophy, and can be regarded as an allegory advocating enlightened absolutism. The Queen of the Night represents a dangerous form of obscurantism or, according to some, the anti-Masonic Roman Catholic Empress Maria Theresa. Her antagonist Sarastro symbolises the enlightened sovereign who rules according to principles based on reason, wisdom, and nature. The story itself portrays the education of mankind, progressing from chaos through religious superstition to rationalistic enlightenment, by means of trial (Tamino) and error (Papageno), ultimately to make "the Earth a heavenly kingdom, and mortals like the gods". This 1981 recording stars Lucia Popp, Edita Gruberova and Siegfried Jerusalem. Bernard Haitink conducts.

 
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:08p
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote - The Magic Flute - Bayerischen Rundfunks; Bernard Haitink, conductor; Label: EMI; Number: 7479518 FindBUY FindBUY
10:00p
10:52p
Bizet: Les Pecheurs des perles Act 1 - Au fond du temple saint ; Alain Lombard, conductor; Gedda / Blanc; Label: EMI Classics; Number: CDE5681292 FindBUY FindBUY
10:57p
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Act 1- Vogliatemi bene, un bene piccolino - n/a; Sir John Barbarolli, conductor; Renata Scotto / Calrlo Bergonzi; Label: EMI Classics; Number: CDE5681292 FindBUY FindBUY
11:00p
11:05p
Verdi: La Traviata Act I - Un di, felice, eterea - Rome Opera House; Tullio Serafin, conductor; Victoria De Los Angeles; Label: EMI Classics; Number: CDE5681292 FindBUY FindBUY
11:09p
Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor Act I - Ah! Verranna a te sull'aure - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Nicola Rescigno , conductor; Gruberova/Krauss; Label: EMI Classics; Number: CDE5681292 FindBUY FindBUY
11:13p
Georges Bizet: Carmen Act I - Parle-moi de mor - Orchestra of France; Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor; Nicolai Gedda / Janine Micheau; Label: EMI Classics; Number: CDE5681292 FindBUY FindBUY
11:23p
Robert Stolz: Schenk mir dein herz heute nacht - n/a; n/a, conductor; Jan Kiepura; Label: Preiser Records FindBUY
11:26p
Stolz-Marischka: Weine nicht, bricht eine schone Frau Dir das Herz - n/a; n/a, conductor; Jan Kiepura; Label: Preiser Records; Number: 89138 FindBUY FindBUY
11:30p
Nicholas Brodsky: Be My Love from The Toast of New Orleans ; Ray Sinatra, conductor; Label: SONY MASTERWORKS FindBUY
11:33p
Verdi: La donna e mobile - RCA Sympnony; Ray Sinatra, conductor; Mario Lanza; Label: SONY MASTERWORKS FindBUY
11:35p
Arturo Buzzi-Peccia: Lolita ; Ray Sinatra, conductor; Mario Lanza; Label: SONY MASTERWORKS FindBUY
11:39p
Puccini: E lucevan le stele from Tosca - RCA Orchestra; Ray Sinatra, conductor; Mario Lanza; Label: SONY MASTERWORKS FindBUY
11:42p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:54p
Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff, opera (tragedia) in 4 acts: Ratcliff's Dream ; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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