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  • Starting:12 November 2017
    Runtime
    209 Minutes
    Cast
    Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, Christian Van Horn, René Papa
    Consumer Advice
    This film is classification exempt
    Language
    German (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna, 1791. 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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