Mozart : Die Zauberflöte
Evelyn Lear (soprano), Roberta Peters (soprano), Lisa Otto (soprano), Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Franz Crass (bass) with Karl Böhm and the Berliner Philarmoniker (1964)
Deutsche Grammophon DGG 136440
Clearaudio Records : LP 180 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
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Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620, is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. The work was premiered on 30 September 1791 at Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, just two months before Mozart's premature death, on 5 December 1791.
In this opera, a fairy tale, the Queen of the Night persuades Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from captivity under the high priest Sarastro; instead, he learns the high ideals of Sarastro's community and seeks to join it. Separately, then together, Tamino and Pamina undergo severe trials of initiation, which end in triumph, with the Queen and her cohorts vanquished. The earthy Papageno, who accompanies Tamino on his quest, fails the trials completely but is rewarded anyway with the hand of his ideal female companion Papagena.