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Die Zauberflöte

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Lincoln Center: Metropolitan Opera HouseNew York City, New York, 10023, United States
2017 September 27 19:30, September 30 20:00, October 05 19:30, October 10 19:30, October 14 13:00
Metropolitan Opera
James LevineConductor
Julie TaymorDirector, Costume Designer
George TsypinSet Designer
Golda SchultzSopranoPamina
Kathryn LewekSopranoQueen of the Night
Charles CastronovoTenorTamino
Markus WerbaBaritonePapageno
Tobias KehrerBassSarastro2017 Sep 27, 30, Oct 05, 10, 14 mat
René PapeBassSarastro
Greg FedderlyTenorMonostatos
Ashley EmersonSopranoPapagena
Christian Van HornBass-baritoneThe Speaker (Der Sprecher)
Wendy Bryn HarmerSopranoFirst Lady
Sarah MeskoMezzo-sopranoSecond Lady
Tamara MumfordMezzo-sopranoThird Lady
The Metropolitan Opera Chorus
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Die Zauberflöte—a sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism—was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a Singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score. The composer and the librettist were both Freemasons—the fraternal order whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals—and Masonic imagery is used throughout the work. The story, however, is as universal as any fairy tale.

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