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The Metropolitan Opera's Magic Flute in Cairo

Nader Shukry

10 Dec 2015 7:56 pm

The Cairo Opera House (COH) is broadcasting live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York the Magic Flute Opera next Saturday 12 December.
The COH has joined the Metropolitan Opera’s international transmission network. With a giant screen and high-quality stereo sound that makes the performance come live, COH is broadcasting on its different theatres around Egypt major operas from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City during the 2015-2016 season.

The Magic Flute which is the last of Mozart’s works premiered on 30 September 1791 at Schikaneder’s theatre in Vienna, and Mozart conducted the orchestra himself. In two acts the Magic Flute is in the form of a singspiel, a popular form that includes both singing and spoken dialogue.
The story itself portrays the education of mankind, progressing from chaos through religious superstition to rationalistic enlightenment, by means of trial and error, ultimately to make “the Earth a heavenly kingdom, and mortals like the gods” (“Dann ist die Erd’ ein Himmelreich, und Sterbliche den Göttern gleich”); this couplet is sung in the finales to both acts.

Watani International
10 December 2015

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