The Met Opera 2017-18 Season: Die Zauberflöte
Book Tickets for The Met Opera 2017-18 Season: Die Zauberflöte
Director: Julie Taymor
Cast: Markus Werba, Kathryn Lewek, Golda Schultz
Release Date: 14/10/2017
Feature Runtime: 3 hrs 30 mins
Trailers: Approx. 20 mins
Die Zauberflöte—a sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism—was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a Singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score. The composer and the librettist were both Freemasons—the fraternal order whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals—and Masonic imagery is used throughout the work. The story, however, is as universal as any fairy tale.