With its ninth publication, the “Vox Imago” multimedia project focuses on one of the most beloved composers of all time—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Our 2006 volume examined the first great operatic success of the young Wolfgang, Idomeneo, and in 2007 a masterpiece of his maturity in Le nozze di Figaro [The Marriage of Figaro]. This year our choice falls to the final opera by the genius of Salzburg: Die Zauberflöte.
We also reconstruct the final months of his life and investigate the composer’s ideas, interweaving them with the birth of The Magic Flute and its philosophical and musical foundations. Some of the essays in the volume and the Dvd-Rom are dedicated to placing Mozart’s masterwork into the context of contemporary opera production. There are also contributions to the historical, literary, artistic, and cinematographic realms. The Dvd-Rom also includes a translation of the first biographies of the composer, plus a study guide designed for both levels of secondary schools. Our hope is that these materials will help attract young people to the world of opera.
Roland Böer Consciousness of Death and the path to enlightenment with flutes and bells
Philip Gossett Die Zauberflöte by Mozart: listening guide
Alexandre Dumas fils The lady of the camellias
Emilio Senici Mozart’s last year: a point of departure
David Buch Die Zauberflöte: Mozart and Schikaneder’s dramaturgy in context
Livio Aragona Enchanted instruments and supernatural sounds: Magic in German opera
Mario Marcarini Tempora mutantur
translated by Gina Grzimek and Johannes Lotze Mozart: early biographies (1781-1800)
Die Zauberflöte Die Handlung und der Text
The magic flute Synopsis and Libretto
Photos: Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano © Teatro alla Scala