Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: The Magic Flute

Listen to our quick, light-hearted overview of Mozart's famed The Magic Flute, which is this week’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast airing Saturday at noon here on Classical 91.7.

This week Classical 91.7 Program Director St.John Flynn and resident opera expert Eric Skelly discuss Mozart’s beloved The Magic Flute, a Singspiel, based on Enlightenment philosophy, that can be seen as an allegory on the benefits of “enlightened absolutism.”  The dangerous Queen of the Night is pitted against Sarastro, the enlightened sovereign, who rules according to principles based on reason, wisdom, and nature, striving ultimately to make “the Earth a heavenly kingdom, and mortals like the gods,” as the libretto states.   The Magic Flute is this week’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast, Saturday at noon on Classical 91.7 and online at classical917.org.


St. John Flynn

St. John Flynn

Arts & Culture Director

Born and raised in Coventry, England, St. John received his B.A. (with honors) in French from the University of Liverpool.He lived and worked in France for two years before coming to the U.S. in 1986 to attend graduate school at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens. He worked as...

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