W. A. Mozart

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Canvas, mixed media, 2000

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Oh Mysterium

The message of the Die Zauberflöte is balance as a basis. When balance has been achieved on all levels, the way is clear for the heavenly priesthood. It is an initiation to get through trials, by putting aside the worldly.

The entire story of “Die Zauberflöte”  seems to be a quest for some form of anchorage and a way out of this alienating and frightening world. If “Die Zauberflöte”  is a children’s fairy tale, than it is a particularly cruel kind. Horrors, threats, doubts and ordeals are constantly turning up in the story, along with a recurring yearning for death. Only a sudden, overwhelming urge for love seems to offer an answer to the emptiness and sense of being lost that the main caracters feel to their core. Vitality and hope can be attained from love alone.

Text by:  Nationale Opera en Ballet


Die Zauberflöte as a symbol of music, which can transport people and also take them into the initiation.





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