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Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendere

Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendere.Dame Rosalind Plowright complains that unlike most other voiceless 68 year old singers, she has trouble finding work.

Magic “Flute”

A confession:  I have a real love/ hate relationship with Mozart’s Die Zauberflote.  I have always found its music to be an unfortunate mix of the sublime and the cloyingly cutesy.  I abhor the trend toward Disneyfied productions of this opera, usually to establish it as “family-friendly” (another term I abhor.)  So I must admit I was a bit dismayed when I opened La Cieca’s package to me and found this DVD of a 2014 production at the Dutch National Opera.

Happily, I find this production to be the best Zauberflote of my experience, because it takes the trials of Tamino and Pamina very seriously, making their quest to find love a genuinely human experience and a very human effort to determine the nature of good and evil.

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