As played by the BRITISH NATIONAL OPERA COMPANY
Relayed from the King's Theatre, Edinburgh
Conductor, AYLMER BUESST. Produced by GEORGE KING
Scene 1. A rocky valley in the domains of the Queen of the Night
Scene 2. The Queen of the Night Scene 3. Same as Scene I
Scene 4. Pamina's room in the domains of Sarastro
Scene 5. Three Temples in the domains of Sarastro
Scene 1. Temple of Sarastro
- Scene 2. A Vault
' Scene 3. The Golden Tree
Scene 4. Same as Scene 2 Scene 6. A Garden
Scene 6. Isis and Osiris
Scene 1. A Landscape
Scene 2. Terrible Door leading to the Ordeal of Fire and Water
Scenes 3 and 4. Fire Scene and Water Scene
Scene 5. Entrance to the Vaults of the Temple
Scene 6. Temple of the Sun
THE Opera begins with the entry of Tamino, a Prince (Tenor), weaponless, pursued by a serpent. He 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. Ho readily agrees, for Pamina, ho 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 flute, and Papageno a chime of magic bells, and tell them they shall be directed by three young Genii.
Wo 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.
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. Monostatos 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.
The next scene is the solemn Temple ceremony.
Sarastro and other Priests (Tenor and Bass Soloists and Men's Chorus) accept Tamino and Papageno for initiation. The pair are tempted by the Three Ladies, who fruitlessly try by threats to win them from their intentions.
Monostatos is interrupted in another attempt to insult Pamina. The Queen of Night commands her daughter to kill Sarastro.
The Priests impose a test of silence on Tamino and Papageno, which the loquacious bird-catcher finds tiresome and the Prince a torture, for Pamina is hurt because he will not speak to her.
All the chief characters have now been introduced except Papagena (Soprano), a charming little Bird-woman, who, first appearing to Papageno. as an old hag, is won by the bird-catcher after some trouble, including an attempt of his to hang himself.
Tamino leads Pamina safely through the ordeals of fire and water by the enchantment of the Magic Flute, and they are thus initiated into the mysteries and beauties of the Temple of Wisdom.
The Queen of Night and her Ladies make a last, and unsuccessful, attempt upon the Temple. Daylight streams in, and the two pairs of lovers are acclaimed in a final Chorus.
During the intervals between the acts, readings will be given from the Birmingham Studio by DORIS RUSSELL RICHARDS
Queen of the Night:
Pamina (her Daughter):
Sarastro (High Priest):
Papageno (a Bird Catcher):
Monostatos (a Slave):
First Priest and Man in Armour:
Second Priest and Man in Armour: