Day School: The Magic Flute: Mozart's Late Masterpiece

Ref: C3744362

Mozart’s “Magic Flute” is one of his most enduringly popular works, consistently appearing in the top ten most performed operas worldwide. Written shortly before his death, it differs from his earlier operas in its genesis as a “folk opera” in the “singspiel” style and its hidden allusions to Freemasonry, a hot political topic in the Austria of the time. In this study day, we will explore the creation and underlying messages of this masterpiece, as well as glorying in the arias of Papageno and The Queen of the Night.

Course aim

The Magic Flute is Mozart’s most popular opera and was his final opera, completed just two months before his premature death. The aim of this study day is to acquaint learners with the story of its creation and with the influences which shaped it.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Outline the unusual circumstances which led to the creation of The Magic Flute.
  • Describe the situation of Mozart’s life through his final year, 1791.
  • Describe the political situation and the status of Freemasonry in the Austrian Empire at that time.
  • Identify the connections between the opera and Freemasonry.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Please feel free to bring your own knowledge and experience of The Magic Flute, to contribute to discussions.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Information on relevant books, CD recordings and videos will be given out during the course.

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Day School: The Magic Flute: Mozart's Late Masterpiece


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