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Die Zauberflöte Archival Pigment Print by Mark Podwal

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Die Zauberflöte Archival Pigment Print by Mark Podwal

Created exclusively for the Met by artist Mark Podwal, this colorful archival print reflects his interpretation of Mozart’s delightful opera, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).

Costumed as the bird-catcher, Papageno, the composer stands against a divided purple and yellow background of his autograph score, which alludes to the theme of darkness and light. The symbols on the high priest, Sarastro’s robe refer to the fairy-tale opera as “an Enlightenment allegory, veiled in Masonic ritual.”

Mark Podwal's work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among many others. His series Mozart and Prague was exhibited in 2016 at Prague’s Klementinum where Mozart, it is said, played the organ in its Mirror Chapel.

  • A Met Opera Exclusive
  • Archival pigment print
  • 36" x 24"
  • Limited edition of 150
  • Signed by the artist
     


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History

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)

Mozart’s final opera (written before La Clemenza di Tito but first performed later) premiered in Vienna in September 1791, just weeks before the composer’s death, with Mozart conducting the orchestra from the fortepiano. A timeless fairy tale, it was a major success from the beginning and never lost its place as one of the most popular works in the repertoire. Julie Taymor’s beloved Met production opened in 2004. Its abridged English-language version, which returns in December 2013 as the company’s annual holiday presentation for families, inaugurated the Met’s Live in HD series of performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world in 2006.

 

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