The Magic Flute

Thursday, April 11, 2013  •  7 PM

Saturday, April 13, 2013  •  8 PM



Act I, scene 1

Prince Tamino is saved from a giant Dragon by three ladies, who fight over who will tell the Queen of the Night.  They decide to go together.  Recovering, the prince believes that Papageno, the bird catcher, saved him.  Papageno lets him believe this.  As punishment for this lie, Papageno has his mouth padlocked by the three ladies.  They give Tamino a picture of Pamina, the Queen’s daughter.  She is yours, the Queen promises him – if you rescue her from Sarastro – a mystic who has kidnapped her.  For protection, Tamino is given a magic flute and Papageno is given a set of magic bells.  Three young spirits guide them to Sarastro’s Temple.

Act I, scene 2

Monostatos’s slaves are distraught that Monostatos has foiled Pamina’s attempted escape.  Papageno and Monostatos accidentally terrify each other, allowing Pamina and Papageno to escape.

Act I, scene 3

The Prince has been led to Sarastro’s temple.  He is met by a priest, who dismisses the Queen’s story as a lie.  A chorus of voices assures Tamino that Pamina is still alive.  Monostatos attempts to recapture Papageno and Pamina but is foiled by the magic bells.  Sarastro appears with his followers.  Sarastro proclaims that he will let Pamina go and that the Queen, her mother, is actually the evil one.  He sends Monostatos to receive punishment.  Tamino and Papageno are led off for initiation into the brotherhood of Enlightenment.

Act II, scene 1

The priests agree to Sarastro’s decision to test Tamino and Papageno.

Act II, scene 2

In the testing area, the speaker warns Tamino and Papageno to remain silent, and to not listen to any voices of temptation.  The three ladies appear, but Tamino or Papageno refuse to speak to them.

Act II, scene 3

Seeing Pamina asleep in the garden, Monostatos tries to kiss her.  He is prevented by the arrival of the Queen of the Night.  The Queen gives Pamina a dagger and orders her to kill Sarastro.  Monostatos has overheard everything and tries to use the information to blackmail Pamina.  When she does not submit, he attacks her, but is stopped by Sarastro.  Monostatos runs off to join sides with the Queen of the Night.

Act II, scene 4

Papageno talks to an old woman.  By order of Sarastro, the three spirits return Tamino’s flute and Papageno’s bells.  When Pamina tries to speak with Tamino, he silently rebuffs her and she is grief-stricken.  Tamino is led off for his final trials.

Act II, scene 5

Tamino undergoes a cleansing ritual with the priests.  Pamina is brought in to allow him to say goodbye before his final trial.

Act II, scene 6

A Priest tell Papageno that while the gods forgive his weakness, he will never be admitted to the brotherhood of the ordained.  Papageno again meets the old woman.  She suddenly turns into the young and pretty Papagena, but is whisked away before Papageno can talk to her.

Act II, scene 7

Pamina contemplates suicide, but the spirits assure her that Tamino still loves her.

Act II, scene 8

Pamina is allowed to accompany Tamino through the trials of fire and water.  The flute protects them.  The loves are welcomed into the temple.

Act II, scene 9

Lovesick for his Papagena, Papageno contemplates hanging himself.  He is prevented by the three spirits who tell him to summon Papagena with his magic bells.  It works, and the two lovers are united.

Act II, scene 10

The Queen of the night, her ladies and Monostatos attack the temple. They are crushed and defeated by goodness and light.

Act II, scene 11

Sarastro, Tamino, Pamina and the brotherhood celebrate the triumph of Enilghtment.



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