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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mozart's Freemason opera coming to a theater near you

Scene from a production of The Magic Flute

Yesterday, I checked the Metropolitan Opera's schedule for live broadcasts to local movie theaters, and noticed something interesting: Mozart's Masonic opera, Die Zauberflote (e.g., The Magic Flute) is going to be shown on Oct. 14. Isis and Osiris are invoked in the course of the plot, and the main characters have to undergo an initiation. Given Robert Anton Wilson's interest in Mozart, I'm surprised that he never talked about this opera (as far as I know).

This performance (and other operas in the broadcast schedule) are available in many movie theaters across the country. Opera isn't for everyone, of course, but if you are into it, the broadcasts offer loud, clear sound and a great view of the action. I'm hoping to attend the Mozart broadcast.


Joshua Hallenbeck said...

Tom, Do you know of any screenings happening in Colorado?

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

My bad, I forgot to include the relevant link. It's there now, and when you go there, you can click a tab and fill in your city. There are several theaters in the Denver area where the opera will be showing. I tried Colorado Springs, and there's a theater there, too.

Joshua Hallenbeck said...

Thanks for the link. I live on the western slope of Colorado and the closest showing to me is about an hour away in Grand Junction, CO. I look forward to checking this out.

Eric Wagner said...

I love Bergman's film of "The Magic Flute".