Baker's Best Bits #OIABMagic Flute

Die Zauberflöte, or The Magic Flute, is Mozart’s last opera and it premiered in the autumn of 1791 barely two months before the composer’s death. It is one of the most loved and often performed of Mozart’s operas perhaps because at its heart lies a perfectly simple tale of a damsel in distress who, by the end of the opera and after some twists and turns, is eventually united with her hero. Beneath the surface, however, lie many complex allegories and plenty of scope for bold interpretations of the story’s social, political, and cultural contexts. There are such strong contrasts in musical styles between the different characters. The music of the Queen of the Night’s two arias, both technical

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