The Magic Flute

The scene from The Magic Flute, Royal Opera House.

The Magic Flute by Mozart is among the most frequently performed opera of all time. It is two-act opera in a German libretto written by Emanuel Schikaneder. It was premiered on September 30, 1791, two months before Mozart's death. The premiere was held in the Freihaus-Teater Auf der Wieden. The opera is in the form of a Singspiel, which means that it consists of both singing and dialogue.

The Magic Flute is a fairytale about Tamino and Pamina. Prince Tamino is lost in a foreign land, and the daughter of the Queen of the Night, Pamina, is captured by an evil Sarastro. With the help of Papageno, the bird-catcher, magic bells, and a magic flute, Tamino decides to rescue the love of his life-Pamina. The full list of characters looks like this: Pamina ( daughter of the Queen of the Night, sings soprano), Tamino ( a prince, sings tenor), Sarastro ( Priest of the Sun, bass), Queen of the Night ( high soprano), Papageno ( a bird catcher, is a baritone), Papagena ( sings soprano), Monastatos ( servant of Sarastro, is a tenor).

It is well-known that Mozart and Schikaneder were freemasons. The Magic Flute is full of Masonic symbols, for instance, the number 3 is often used: three ladies( playing servants of the Queen of the Night), three child spirits, musical passages feature three chords, three doors to Sarastro's palace, etc.

The Magic Flute is a story between the battle of opposites: the day and night, good and evil, woman and man. The opera became very successful after it premiered in 1791. Nowadays, The Magic Flute holds its place as one of the most performed operas in the world.

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Biography of Mozart

Early Life of Mozart The author of more than 600 works, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born in Getreidegasse, on January 27, 1756. His father, Leopold Mozart, was a composer and music teacher. Mozart was the youngest child out of seven, and Five children died in the infancy. He was baptized on the second day of his birth, and his Christian name was Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. From an early age, Mozart was studying music, languages, and other subjects. Leopold, Mozart's father, was his only teacher. Young Mozart was keen on music from childhood and wrote his first musical composition when he was four or five years old. When Mozart's talent became evident, his father gave up on composing himself. Mozart wrote the first symphony when he was only eight years old. To show his son's abilities, Leopold used to make European journeys to big cities such as Munich, Paris, London, Amsterdam, and so on, where young Mozart performed and met other composers and musicians. In 1769 father and son left Salzburg for Italy. Mozart and Leopold stayed there for two years. In 1770, a young composer wrote his first opera named Mitridate, re di Porto. It became trendy, and his performances were successful too, but they had to return home. In 1781, Mozart went to Viena, where he found a job at Archbishop Colloredo. He was Archbishop’s private musician, but Mozart had further goals and dreams. He wanted to perform in front of the emperor. After resignment from Colloredo, Mozart became a freelance performer and

The Magic Flute

The scene from The Magic Flute, Royal Opera House. The Magic Flute by Mozart is among the most frequently performed opera of all time. It is two-act opera in a German libretto written by Emanuel Schikaneder. It was premiered on September 30, 1791, two months before Mozart's death. The premiere was held in the Freihaus-Teater Auf der Wieden. The opera is in the form of a Singspiel, which means that it consists of both singing and dialogue. The Magic Flute is a fairytale about Tamino and Pamina. Prince Tamino is lost in a foreign land, and the daughter of the Queen of the Night, Pamina, is captured by an evil Sarastro. With the help of Papageno, the bird-catcher, magic bells, and a magic flute, Tamino decides to rescue the love of his life-Pamina. The full list of characters looks like this: Pamina ( daughter of the Queen of the Night, sings soprano), Tamino ( a prince, sings tenor), Sarastro ( Priest of the Sun, bass), Queen of the Night ( high soprano), Papageno ( a bird catcher, is a baritone), Papagena ( sings soprano), Monastatos ( servant of Sarastro, is a tenor). It is well-known that Mozart and Schikaneder were freemasons. The Magic Flute is full of Masonic symbols, for instance, the number 3 is often used: three ladies( playing servants of the Queen of the Night), three child spirits, musical passages feature three chords, three doors to Sarastro's palace, etc. The Magic Flute is a story between the battle of opposites: the day and night, good and evil, woman and man. The opera became very successful after i

The Marriage Of Figaro

Synopsis of The Marriage of Figaro The Marriage of Figaro can be considered as the sequel of The Barber of Seville. The Barber of Seville is a story about a young man Almaviva, who wins his lover beautiful Rosina away from her guardian Dr. Bartolo. Almaviva does this with the help of Figaro. The story played in The Marriage of Figaro is three years later from this case. Now Rosina and Almaviva are Countess and Count, and Figaro is engaged to marry Susanna, the maid of Rosina. The Marriage of Figaro is a four-act comic opera, also known as opera buffa. Performance History The Marriage of Figaro was first performed on May 1, 1786, in Vienna. Premiere was held at the Burgtheater. Mozart himself conducted the first two performances of the opera, and he was doing seated at the keyboard. Later, Joseph Weigl was conducting the performances. In the first year of premiering the opera, it was only performed nine times, including the premiere. This number was nothing against the frequency of playing The Magic Flute, which was performed every other day for months after it came out. The first performance of The Marriage of Figaro was a total success, the applause of the audience was a sign of later engagement, but Joseph the second, who was in charge of the Burgtheater, was very concerned by the length of the performance itself. The first performance may not be the best, but Mozart and his music was loved immensely and was considered a masterpiece. Ferenc Kazinczy, the Hungarian poet, was attending the performance of The Marriage of Fig