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Host Sean Bianco brings you a full-length opera featuring great voices from the past and present followed by “Opera Potpourri.”
The Magic Flute 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 on September 30, 1791 at Schikaneder's theatre in Vienna, just two months before the composer's premature death.
In the opera the Queen of the Night persuades Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from captivity under the high priest Sarastro; instead, he learns the high ideals of Sarastro's community and seeks to join it. Separately, then together, Tamino and Pamina undergo severe trials of initiation, which end in triumph, with the Queen and her cohorts vanquished. The earthy Papageno, who accompanies Tamino on his quest, fails the trials completely but is rewarded anyway with the hand of his ideal female companion Papagena.
Tamino : Nicolai GeddaPamina : Gundula JanowitzPapageno : Walter BerryKönigin der Nacht : Lucia PoppSarastro : Gottlob FrickSprecher : Franz CrassErste Dame : Elisabeth SchwarzkopfZweite Dame : Christa LudwigDritte Dame : Marga HöffgenPapagena : Ruth-Margaret PützMonostatos : Gerhard UngerErster Geharnischter : Karl LieblZweiter Geharnischer : Franz CrassErster Priester : Gerhard UngerZweiter Priester : Franz CrassErster Knabe : Agnes GiebelZweiter Knabe : Anna ReynoldsDritter Knabe : Josephine VeaseyPhilharmonia Chorus (dir. Wilhelm Pitz)Philharmonia OrchestraOtto KlempererStudio recording, London, 1964