Sunday, October 15, 2017

Mozart's 'Magic Flute'



I have been to several Metropolitan Opera productions simulcast at movie theaters, but Saturday's production of The Magic Flute was perhaps the most vivid experience yet, with a production that employed puppets, costumes, lighting and other effects to produce a series of often startling scenes. (Blogger has suddenly lost the ability to upload photos today, but see the images and videos at the Metropolitan Opera's website. I have embedded an official Met video from YouTube.)

The Masonic elements of the opera seemed very strong; almost the entire second half is devoted to an initiation of the heroes. Robert Anton Wilson says the opera also has Illuminati ideas, and indeed there is much talk of enlightenment in the text and the use of light in the opera is itself symbolic.  There were many suggestive symbols throughout the opera; the "three ladies" carried around masks that looked oddly like aliens. Did anyone else see this?




2 comments:

Joshua Hallenbeck said...

Tom, My wife and i really wanted to go but we have a 3 month old and just couldn't swing it.From the clip you showed it looked like a great production. Any idea if the full production will be available to watch from home?

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

I've noticed that the Met already is selling a DVD. It might become available in other ways, too.