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Playful Fantasy

'Die Zauberflöte'
from Bregenz -
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HOWARD SMITH

'... sparkling cast ...'

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte. © 2013 Unitel, C Major Entertainment

What begins like a fairy-tale turns into a playful fantasy midway between magic farce and Masonic mysticism. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute, premiered in 1791, will be returning to the Bregenz Festival lake stage in summer 2014.

The Magic Flute conveys an enlightened, humanistic ideal of man: at the end it is a normal man and a normal woman who bear responsibility for the future of society, while the machinery of power serving queens and priests reveals itself to be nothing but superfluous bombast. At one point, Sarastro's priest asks if Tamino will manage to complete all the ordeals since he's a prince...

Copyright © 25 December 2013 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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MOZART: DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

THE MAGIC FLUTE

BREGENZ FESTIVAL

DAVID POUNTNEY

AUSTRIA

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