Despite Mozart’s short, strained, and difficult life, he was able to produce timeless works, of which the Magic Flute was only one of many.
Despite The Magic Flute’s tremendous success, between Mozart’s rapidly failing health and visits from a mysterious person insisting that he compose a Requiem Mass, Mozart became increasingly weak, frail and delusional. Although The Magic Flute became Mozart’s greatest opera, it would also be his last.
As spectacular as his life had been, in many ways the world was also unkind to Mozart. In spite of performing from the age of six and writing over 620 compositions, the composer died with virtually nothing. He had a simple funeral and was buried in a common grave outside Vienna, with no marker. Although the final resting place of this great genius remains unknown, the mark he left on the world endures.
There are very few operas from the 18th century that are still known today. But most of Mozart’s operas like The Magic Flute have never left the stage and have enjoyed a constant tradition of performance. All humans relate to melody. We are hardwired to hear and to recognize good musical sounds and compositions that are complete and whole; which is what a Mozart melody does for many people. Each time one of his pieces is performed, it speaks to us and reminds us that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the great geniuses of all time… his music itself instills “faith in the unknown and belief in the impossible”.