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The Magic Flute

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An Opera in Two Acts by MOZART
THE WIRELESS Chorus (Chorus Master:
STANFORD ROBINSON)
THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Leader: S. KNEALE KELLEY )
Conducted by PERCY PITT
A SPECIAL charm of Mozart's last opera, "The Magic Flute", is its wealth of simple, straightforward, 'catchy' tune. Its choruses for men's voices are another feature, and so are its vocal fireworks for the leading soprano, the 'Queen of the Night,' whose part was played by Mozart's sister-in-law.
In the following sketch of the plot the first appearance of each character is shown by the use of capitals.
ACT I.
SCENE 1. TAMINO, a Prince (Tenor), weapon-less, pursued by a serpent, falls to the ground unconscious. In the nick of time the THREE LADIES enter and with their spears kill the serpent. It is decided that two of them shall return to their mistress, the Queen of Night, and report the presence of this handsome young prince, and that one shall remain on guard over him. As each wishes to remain with the handsome youth, it has to be decided that none shall do so. Tamino awakes and finds before him PAPAGENO (Baritone), a bird-catcher, dressed in birds' feathers, who boasts that he has killed the serpent. The Three Ladies return and punish Papageno for lying by putting a padlock on his lips. They show Tamino the portrait of a lovely princess, Pamina, daughter of the Queen of Night. Tamino immediately falls in love with her portrait. THE QUEEN OF NIGHT (Soprano) appears and commissions Tamino to rescue her daughter. He readily agrees, for Pamina, he is told, has come into the keeping of the High Priest of Isis, Sarastro, described as an evil magician. Papageno's padlock is removed, and he is given to Tamino as servant. The Ladies give Tamino a magic flute and Papageno a chime of magic bells, and tell them they shall be directed by three young Genii.
SCENE 2. We are in the High Priest's Palace and see the Princess PAMINA (Soprano) insulted by the Negro slave MONOSTATOS (Tenor). Papageno comes in, and he and the Negro take fright at each other, and both run away. Papageno comes back, tells Pamina about the Prince, who is seeking her, and persuades her to go to join him.
SCENE 3. Tamino is led by the GENII, who give him wise and solemn counsel. In his search for Pamina he tries to enter, in turn, three Temples. Voices drive him back from the Temples of Nature and Reason, but on approaching that of Wisdom he is greeted by a priest - the SPEAKER (Bass), who tells him that Sarastro is not a tyrant, but the benignant Chief Priest of the Temple, and the noble protector of Pamina from her mother's magic. Papageno and Pamina enter to look for Tamino. The Negro and slaves attempt to molest them, but Papageno's magic bells ludicrously compel them all to dance. Monastatos has captured Tamino, and instead of rewarding him, SARASTRO (Bass) has him whipped. The Prince and the bird-catcher are taken into the Temple to be tested.

Contributors

Unknown:
Kneale Kelley
Conducted By:
Percy Pitt
Sarastro:
William Anderson
Tamino:
Heddle Nash
Speaker:
Herbert Simmonds
Queen of the Night:
Sylvia Nelis
Pamina:
Miriam Licette
Papageno:
Frederick Ranai,ow
Papagena:
Louise Trenton
Monostatos:
Sydney Russell
First Priest:
John Collett
Second Priest:
Samuel Dyson
First Man in Armour:
Tom Purvis
Second Man in Armour:
Stanley Riley
Three Ladies and:
Mavis Bennett
Three Ladies and:
Alice Moxon
ihree Genii:
Gladys Palmer

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