THE MAGIC FLUTE, Vienna State Opera , 15 December 2019 - 18:00

Vienna State Opera,  THE MAGIC FLUTE

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Category: Operas Event: THE MAGIC FLUTE Date/Time: 15 December 2019 - 18:00 Venue: Vienna State Opera Address: Opernring 2, 1010 Wien (Map)

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Die Zauberflöte is one of the most whimsical works in musical history: a mixture of Viennese Vorstadt Theatre, Masonic symbolism, popular myths and all kinds of fairytales. Over the course of the opera, Prince Tamino faces a quest: if he proves his worth, he will win Pamina’s hand. In the current production, a mature, rationalistic life philosophy is juxtaposed with rampant emotionality, and so, tells a tale of coming of age.

The young prince Tamino is pursued by a dangerous serpent. At the very last moment, three mysterious ladies rescue the unconscious Tamino and kill the beast. When Tamino awakens, he meets Papageno. The three ladies show Tamino a portrait of Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. The prince falls in love with the picture and swears to the Queen that he will free Pamina from the clutches of Sarastro, who has abducted her. He sets off on his journey with Papageno at his side: Tamino receives a magic flute to help him, while Papageno is given a set of magic bells.
Papageno, who has been sent on ahead by Tamino, finds Pamina being harried by the slave Monostatos. Papageno causes Monostatos to flee, and wins Pamina on behalf of Tamino. But as they try to escape, they are overtaken by Sarastro and his retinue.
In the second part of the opera, Tamino recognises the benevolence and spiritual superiority of Sarastro, and changes sides. But in order to become a full member of the priesthood, he has to undergo - together with Papageno - a number of challenging ordeals. Tamino masters all the trials in exemplary fashion, and his reward is to take Sarastro’s place as high priest and marry Pamina. Papageno is not as successful with his trials, but is still rewarded with a partner - Papagena - who is a perfect match for him. The power-hungry Queen and her followers are defeated.

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