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This week’s podcast is based on an opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and is featured in The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera. In “The Magic Flute,” Prince Tamino sets out to rescue Princess Pamina from an evil wizard, but soon discovers that all is not what it seems. Be sure to tune in to see if Tamino is able to save Pamina, and read on for a chance to win!

Mozart was a prolific and gifted composer who produced over 600 works in his lifetime. Of his works, which do you most enjoy?  Let us know by sharing a comment, and you will be entered to win a copy of The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera. The contest closes Tuesday, February 14 at midnight EST and Wednesday, February 15 at 5am GMT.

“The Magic Flute” was Mozart’s last opera. He died at the age of 35, just a few months after it was first performed in 1791. Here are some facts related to the life of the great composer, Mozart, and “The Magic Flute”:

  • Mozart began composing music at the young age of five years old. By age six, he had performed for the Empress of Austria.
  • As a boy, Mozart  toured Europe as a child prodigy. The concert tour spanned three and a half years, and took him to the courts of Munich, Mannheim, Prague, Vienna, Paris, London  and Zurich.
  • The music for “The Magic Flute” was composed by Mozart, while the text was written by Emanuel Schikaneder.
  • “The Magic Flute” is noted for its prominent Masonic elements; Schikaneder and Mozart were both Freemasons..
  • Since its premiere, “The Magic Flute” has always been one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertoire, and is presently the most frequently performed opera world wide.

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