Day School: Mozart, 'The Magic Flute and Freemasonry’

Ref: C3747098

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?

  • This course is 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?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge is assumed, but watching or listening to 'The Magic Flute' would be good groundwork and should help to stimulate good questions and discussion.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Day School: Mozart, 'The Magic Flute and Freemasonry’

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