4 October 2013

Opera Blog: The Background Story, Symbolism and Legacy of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”




Originally posted on Boston Lyric Opera Blog (10/4/13). There are countless hypotheses as to the original source of The Magic Flute. Suggested sources include Carlo Gozzi’s fables, which were popular in the Vienna of the 1780s; Chrétien de Troyes’ twelfth-century Arthurian romance Yvain, which was translated by Mozart’s fellow Mason Karl Joseph Michaeler, and in which […]

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1 October 2013

Opera Blog: “The Magic Flute”: A Conversation with Professor Neal Zaslaw




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (10/1/13). Magda Romanska, BLO Dramaturg and Associate Professor of Dramaturgy at Emerson College, talks to Professor Neal Zaslaw about Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Prof. Zaslaw is a world-renowned musicologist and the leading expert on Mozart. Between 1978 and 1982 he supervised recordings of all of Mozart’s symphonies by Jaap […]

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27 September 2013

Opera Blog: BLO’s Interpretation of “The Magic Flute”




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (9/27/13). The Magic Flute is considered one of Mozart’s most enduring masterpieces. The story of how it developed and what it meant at the time it was written has captured people’s imaginations almost as much as the work itself. The story behind The Magic Flute is one of mystery, […]

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