What transforms the sophisticated, joyous adventure of The Magic Flute into one of the most prodigious masterworks in the repertoire is, of course, Mozart's music. It's a marvellous grab-bag of styles, encompassing infectious folk airs, sonorous hymns, and coloratura pyrotechnics, that somehow all come together into a marvellous whole.
The Queen of the Night's Vengeance Aria.
Pamina's mother, the Queen of the Night, threatens to disown Pamina if she does not kill Sarastro.
The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart, Death and despair flame about me
Papageno sings about his job as a birdcatcher
and adds that he'd really like to catch a girl to have for a wife.
The bird-catcher I am indeed, always cheerful, hip hooray!...
A net for girls I'd really like, I'd catch them by the dozen for me!
If all the girls were mine, I'd trade in sugar
and to the one I liked the best, I'd give the sugar at once.
And then if she kissed me tenderly,she'd be my wife and I her husband.
She'd fall asleep at my side, and I would rock her like a child.
Sarastro sings a prayer to the gods Isis and Osiris, asking them to protect Tamino and Pamina as they undergo their trials.
O Isis and Osiris, bestow
the spirit of wisdom on this young couple!
You who guide the wanderers' steps,
strengthen them with patience in danger.
In the opera's first act, Papageno meets Pamina and tells her
that Prince Tamino has fallen in love with her.
When she learns that he has no wife – not even a girlfriend –
she assures him that Heaven will soon send him a girl, and they sing an ode to love.
In men, who feel love
A good heart is not lacking.
... We live through love alone,
Love sweetens every sorrow.
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