September 30 – Magic Flute

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Set designers love this opera.

Mozart‘s last opera The Magic Flute premieres in Vienna, Austria.

It sees 100 performances within a year. Today it’s the tenth most frequently performed opera in North America.

Mozart, alas, has two months to live. The Flute is the culmination of a lifetime of brilliant composing – and popularizing art music.
Overture (Levine)  Queen of the Night (Damrau)  Papageno (English) 

It was his bequest to mankind, his appeal to the ideals of humanity. His last work is not Tito or the Requiem; it is Die Zauberflote. Into the Overture, which is anything but a Singspiel overture, he compressed the struggle and victory of mankind, using the symbolic means of polyphony; struggle and triumph.
— Albert Einstein
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