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Saturday, March 22, 2014 Permalink

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.


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

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