How could one not go to the opera in Vienna to hear Mozart? Although I am no buff in this field, I couldn't pass up the opportunity many years ago to see the Marriage of Figaro, an opera buffa in four acts, at the very Bergtheater where it premiered on May 1st, 1786. Prior to the performance one sunny Spring day, we visited librarians at the University of Vienna, intent on setting up a book exchange program with our respective institution, Teachers College, Columbia University. While in pursuit of mathematics textbooks to strengthen the David Eugene Mathematics Collection, we wed curriculum, libraries, and music. Mozart could never have been finer in our celebrated acquisition of the latest Austrian textbooks on teaching elementary and secondary school math!
An opera in two acts by Wolgang Amadeus Mozart, "The Magic Flute" premiered on September 30, 1791 at Vienna's Freihaus Theater auf de Weiden. The performance was a great success, drawing large audiences which continue to this day in theaters throughout the world. Among the most frequently performed of all operas, "The Magic Flute" tells of the young Prince Talamo who sets out to rescue beautiful Princess Pamina, daughter of Queen of the Night, who along with their companio bird catcher Papageno, must trust in the power of music to guide their dangerous journey. In the form of Singspiel, the opera contains both song and spoken word, precursor the modern musical.
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- Perkins, F. D. (1941, Dec 07). A New "Magic Flute". New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- C. W. D. (1942, Mar 01). Music and Musicians: Planned As "Good Show," "The Magic Flute" Proved a Musical Masterpiece. Daily Boston Globe (1928-1960)
- Harrison, J. S. (1956, Feb 19). Bing Giving Met a New 'Magic Flute'. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Cassidy, C. (1962, May 23). On the Aisle: The Magic Flute' Reopens Vienna Theater That Shared Its Debut 170 Years Ago. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963)
- Schonberg, H.C. (1966, Oct 30). 'Magic Flute'--The Libretto Is a Potpourri, But the Music .. . New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Heyworth, P. (1970, Jan 04). Tales from Vienna. The Observer (1901- 2003)
- Cera, S. (1979, Oct 21). A Rare Taste of Vienna Opera. The Sun (1837-1994)
- Zukerman, E. (1988, Jun 19). Nightmare in Vienna: 1791 Mozart's Last Year. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Kakutani, M. (1988, Jul 02). Rebutting the Myths Around Mozart: 1791 Mozart's Last Year. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Leinsdorf, E. (1990, Feb 25). Mostly Miraculous: Mozart In Vienna 1781-1791. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Watch the December 30th, 2006 performance of The Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera in a shortened English-language version, with puppetry by Julie Taynor and award-winning cast.
- Fisher, Burton D., Emanuel Schikaneder, and Carl Ludwig Giesecke. Mozart's The Magic Flute: Opera Classics Library Series. Coral Gables: Opera Journeys, 2001. e-book
- Fabbrini, Gladys Carol Van Asselt. The Introduction of Opera Into the High School Through Performance. New York: Teachers College, Columbia University, 1987.
- Zauberflöte-Theaterzettel (1791). Playbill for "The Magic Flute". Wikimedia Commons.
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