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Never Ending ASECS: Painting the Moor Green: Confronting Race and Gender in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.

September 30, 2021

Reblogging this recent discussion of how to produce “The Magic Flute” on the 230th anniversary of its debut


This was a panel I was very keen to catch up on. It wanted to learn from rather than contribute to and so I was happy enough just to catch this as a recorded session.

Julie Taymor's Magic Flute is still mesmerizing at The Met | Bachtrack

  1. Lily KASS, University of Pennsylvania, “‘When will the veil be lifted?’: How Translations Obscure Racism in The Magic Flute
  2. Jessica WALDOFF, College of the Holy Cross, “Rethinking Gender and Race in Die Zauberflöte
  3. Micaela BARANELLO, University of Arkansas, “Julie Taymor’s Intercultural Mozart”
  4. Respondent: Imani MOSLEY, University of Florida.

I wonder how many who have enjoyed the various arias from Die Zauberflöte (perhaps non sequentially) have had to have their jaws winched from the floor the first time they see the character of Monostatos appears on the stage.

This panel considered how the racism and sexism of the Die Zauberflöte is variously obfuscated (to a greater or lesser extent) by subtitling, by cutting, and by…

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