Mozart's The Magic Flute. Do you hear the Queen of the Night singing? Good, evil, bird catchers, and princes, time for Mozart's strangest work. Play. Die Zauberflöte ist eine Oper in zwei Aufzügen von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, die im Freihaustheater in Wien uraufgeführt wurde. Das Libretto stammt von Emanuel Schikaneder. Das etwa dreistündige Werk zählt zu den weltweit bekanntesten und am. A Magic Flute to remember, filmed at the Salzburg Festival! The production's exceptional cast stars René Pape and Diana Damrau. The premi.
The Magic FluteExplore this one of a kind opera adventure - The Land of the Magic Flute - A Motion Graphic Novel - Mozart reimagined. Die Zauberflöte ist eine Oper in zwei Aufzügen von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, die im Freihaustheater in Wien uraufgeführt wurde. Das Libretto stammt von Emanuel Schikaneder. Das etwa dreistündige Werk zählt zu den weltweit bekanntesten und am. The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Grand opera in two acts , Cast: Pamina: Kim-Lillian Strebel, Tamino: Joel Prieto, Queen of the Night.
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The priest has left Tamino at the gate. He decides to play his flute — perhaps its magic will lead him to her — and after a few moments he hears Papagenos pipes in reply.
A procession appears: Sarastro comes riding a chariot, drawn by six lions — the symbolism of this is perfectly obvious: six is the number of Tifaret; lions are solar symbols as well as symbols of royalty.
There is no doubt about it: all this symbolism shows us that Sarastro is the Higher Self, or, as Kabbalists term it, the Neschamah.
Sarastro sentences Monostatos to receive 77 strokes of the bastinado. Tamino and Papageno are taken into the Temple of Trial to be purified, and the First Act ends with a chorus:.
When virtue and justice have strewn the path of the great with glory, Then will the earth be the kingdom of heaven And mortals will be like gods!
The second act begins with another march as the College of Priests process into a courtyard inside the Temple of the Sun. There is a grove of palm trees — symbols of victory — with golden leaves.
There is reason to assume that the palm trees stand in for akacias, which have a deep symbolic significance within Freemasonry.
There are also eighteen seats or sieges; on each siege stands a pyramid and a large black horn, set in gold. The pyramids puzzled me a great deal, until someone remarked that the 18 four-sided pyramids make a total of 72 sides, which is the number of the Schemhamforasch, the Great Name of God, which is inextricably linked to the Rosicrucian Mysteries.
Each priest is holding a palm read, akacia twig in his hand. Sarastro opens the meeting, saying,. Tamino, who is waiting at the Northern Gate of the Temple, is yearning to be free of the veil of the night, he wants to behold the sanctuary of Light.
We also learn that Pamina is destined for Tamino, and that this is the real reason for her abduction from the Queen of the Night, who is described as being full of deceit, seeking to mislead the people with illusion and superstition — glamour or maya — typical properties of an unbalanced Yesod.
Also note that the Moon Temple is served only by women, and the Sun Temple only by men. Thus, what we have got here is actually a polarity between the Moon and the Sun, between the subconscious and the conscious — and the Age of Enlightenment was very much in favour of the conscious mind as a guiding principle.
Therefore, Reason, as symbolised by the Sun, was perceived as the only alternative. Thus she is, in fact, the daughter of the Moon and the Sun: pure alchemy.
And by the way, during the priestly deliberations we hear, three times, the initiation trombones sound their three-chord fanfare.
Meanwhile, Tamino and Papageno are brought into a dark chamber by two priests. Papageno is afraid. He is willing to undergo any ordeal, no matter how painful, in order to win Pamina.
On being promised a young pretty Papagena who matches him in everything, he is prepared to at least attempt the ordeal of silence.
They are told that they will be left alone, and that they, no matter what happens, may not speak. If they do, all is lost.
The first test is to be able to resist the guiles of women: this is the beginning of wisdom. To modern ears this sounds decidedly sexist, so let me rephrase it slightly.
The beginning of wisdom is to be able to liberate yourself from being dominated by the forces of the subjective and subconsious mind as represented by the Moon.
It also has to do with controlling your sexuality; the Initiate is not ruled by his passions. There is nothing wrong with having passions, not at all, but to advance on the Path, your passions must not control you, you must rule over them; you must not suppress them, but rule them wisely.
Note, also, that Tamino and Papageno are not being told to give up women: it is a simply a test, and as such is limited in time. Neither are women decried anywhere in the text, nor is the female principle.
We are simply talking about aspects of the soul. It has nothing to do with physical gender. This is extremely important in all occultism.
Suddenly, the Tree Ladies appear, seemingly out of nowhere. They try everything in order to make Tamino and Papageno speak to them. Papageno, who has no self-control, can barely keep himself from talking; Tamino constantly has to tell him to shut up.
Away with the women to Hell! The Ladies vanish, but the Queen of Night is still at large in the Temple….
She is furious because Tamino has chosen to become an Initiate of the Sun. Otherwise she will forever be disowned.
So, the forces of Night are indeed threatening to overtake the Realms of the Sun. So, an uprush of subconscious force, working through the anima of the candidate, is threatening to flood the conscious mind, thereby cutting off all contact with the superconscious levels of Tifaret.
It is in fact a classic reaction from the subconscious: it does not want to change, it wants to stay the way it is, and it will go to great lengths to prevent any change in consciousness.
This applies to quite mundane things, like giving up smoking, and it also applies to Initiation. Here, though, we see it in a very dramatic and extreme form: by acquiring the Disc of the Sun, the subconscious would overthrow the superconscious and rule supreme — a very serious mental condition, if not a total dissolution of the entire psyche.
But of course, the Higher Self cannot be killed. The two priests lead them into a vast hall. Edit Did You Know? Trivia Shot entirely in a studio.
Even the final scene, which supposedly takes place in sunlit exteriors, was created partly by CGI effects.
Quotes Papageno : [ Papageno and Tamino are undergoing a trial of silence, but Papageno speaks anyway, much to the displeasure of Tamino.
An old woman enters ] Is that for me? Old Papagena : [ speaks, carrying a tray of refreshments ] Yes, my angel!
Papageno : [ drinks and then speaks ] Water! How old are you, my dear? Old Papagena : [ speaks ] I'm eighteen years and - two minutes.
Papageno : [ bursts into laughter and speaks ] I see! Do you have a boyfriend? Old Papagena : [ speaks ] Oh, yes!
Papageno : [ speaks ] What's his name? Old Papagena : [ speaks ] Papageno! Papageno : [ speaks as she starts to leave ] Papa - Hey, that's me!
Crazy Credits The overture to the opera is played both at the beginning and the end, but only at the end is it played over the film's credits.
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They show Tamino a portrait of Pamina; he falls in love at first sight. The Queen arrives. She tells Tamino that Pamina is her daughter, who has been captured by the evil Sarastro.
The Three Ladies give Tamino a magic flute and Papageno a set of magic bells to protect them on their journey.
Scene 2. Monostatos and Papageno are terrified by each other and flee. But Papageno returns and reassures Pamina that her mother has sent Tamino to help her.
They leave together. Scene 3. Tamino is at first rebuffed as he seeks to enter the temples of Reason and Nature, but the speaker of the temple of Wisdom reveals to him that Sarastro is good, not evil.
Having learned that Pamina is alive, Tamino plays his magic flute to summon Pamina and Papageno; its sounds tame the animals. Papageno answers with his pipes, and Tamino rushes off to find them.
Scene 4. Papageno and Pamina are making their way toward Tamino when they are captured by Monostatos and his fellow slaves. Papageno uses his magic bells to enchant his enemies, making them dance away.
Sarastro and his entourage approach. Pamina reassures Papageno and tells him that they must tell Sarastro the truth. Monostatos now enters with Tamino as his prisoner.
Monostatos seeks a reward, but instead Sarastro punishes him for lusting after Pamina. Sarastro leads Tamino and Papageno to the temple.
Sarastro meets with his council. They decide that Tamino and Pamina should marry and that Tamino should succeed Sarastro as their leader, provided he passes the trials set out by the ancient rite.
Sarastro prays to Isis and Osiris , asking them to protect Tamino and Pamina. Sarastro tells the priests that Tamino is ready to undergo the ordeals that will lead to enlightenment.
Tamino and Papageno are led in by two priests for the first trial. The two priests advise Tamino and Papageno of the dangers ahead of them, warn them of women's wiles and swear them to silence Duet: " Bewahret euch von Weibertücken ".
The three ladies appear and try to frighten Tamino and Papageno into speaking. Quintet: " Wie, wie, wie " Papageno cannot resist answering the ladies, but Tamino remains aloof, angrily instructing Papageno not to listen to the ladies' threats and to keep quiet.
Seeing that Tamino will not speak to them, the ladies withdraw in confusion. Pamina is asleep. Monostatos approaches and gazes upon her with rapture.
Monostatos hides. In response to the Queen's questioning, Pamina explains that Tamino is joining Sarastro's brotherhood and she is thinking of accompanying him too.
The Queen is not pleased. She explains that her husband was the previous owner of the temple and on his deathbed, gave the ownership to Sarastro instead of her, rendering the Queen powerless this is in the original libretto, but is usually omitted from modern productions, to shorten the scene with Pamina and her mother.
She gives Pamina a dagger, ordering her to kill Sarastro with it and threatening to disown her if she does not. Aria: " Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen ".
She leaves. Monostatos returns and tries to force Pamina's love by threatening to reveal the Queen's plot, but Sarastro enters and drives him off.
Pamina begs Sarastro to forgive her mother and he reassures her that revenge and cruelty have no place in his domain Aria: " In diesen heil'gen Hallen ".
Tamino and Papageno are led in by priests, who remind them that they must remain silent. Papageno complains of thirst.
An old woman enters and offers Papageno a cup of water. He drinks and teasingly asks whether she has a boyfriend. She replies that she does and that his name is Papageno.
She disappears as Papageno asks for her name, and the three child-spirits bring in food, the magic flute, and the bells, sent from Sarastro Trio: " Seid uns zum zweiten Mal willkommen ".
Tamino begins to play the flute, which summons Pamina. She tries to speak with him, but Tamino, bound by his vow of silence, cannot answer her, and Pamina begins to believe that he no longer loves her.
Aria: " Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden " She leaves in despair. The priests celebrate Tamino's successes so far, and pray that he will succeed and become worthy of their order Chorus: " O Isis und Osiris ".
Pamina is brought in and Sarastro instructs Pamina and Tamino to bid each other farewell before the greater trials ahead, alarming them by describing it as their "final farewell".
The priests grant his request for a glass of wine and he expresses his desire for a wife. Aria: " Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen ". The elderly woman reappears and warns him that unless he immediately promises to marry her, he will be imprisoned forever.
When Papageno promises to love her faithfully muttering that he will only do this until something better comes along , she is transformed into the young and pretty Papagena.
Papageno rushes to embrace her, but the priests drive him back, telling him that he is not yet worthy of her. The three child-spirits hail the dawn.
They observe Pamina, who is contemplating suicide because she believes Tamino has abandoned her. The child-spirits restrain her and reassure her of Tamino's love.
Quartet: " Bald prangt, den Morgen zu verkünden ". There is then a scene change without interrupting the music, leading into Scene 7.
Two men in armor lead in Tamino. They recite one of the formal creeds of Isis and Osiris, promising enlightenment to those who successfully overcome the fear of death " Der, welcher wandert diese Strasse voll Beschwerden ".
This recitation takes the musical form of a Baroque chorale prelude , to a tune inspired by Martin Luther 's hymn " Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein " Oh God, look down from heaven.
Pamina calls to him from offstage. The men in armour assure him that the trial by silence is over and he is free to speak with her.
Pamina enters and declares her intention to undergo the remaining trials with him.