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Attacked by a serpent in a land unknown to him, Prince Tamino faints. Three Ladies suddenly appear, strike down the beast, and depart to inform the Queen of the Night: perhaps he will be able to ‘restore her former tranquillity’. Recovering his senses, Tamino finds himself in the presence of the dead serpent and the birdcatcher Papageno, who boasts of overcoming it… Listen (...) 

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ACT I, SCENE 3 The birdcatcher Papageno has claimed to have overcome the serpent which attacked Prince Tamino. The deed was in fact done by the Three Ladies, acting on behalf of the Queen of the Night. In no time at all they padlock Papageno’s mouth and give Tamino a portrait of Pamina, the Queen of the Night’s daughter. Tamino falls in love with her . . . Listen to the (...) 

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ACT I, SCENE 8 After padlocking Papageno’s mouth for claiming to have saved Prince Tamino, the Three Ladies have been instructed by their mistress, the Queen of the Night, to help Tamino in the mission with which she has entrusted him: to free her daughter Pamina from the clutches of her abductor, the perfidious Sarastro. At the end of the celebrated Quintet in scene 8, they (...) 

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ACT I, SCENE 11 If you missed the beginning, all you have to know is that the Queen of the Night has promised Prince Tamino the hand of her daughter Pamina if he succeeds in freeing her from the clutches of her abductor Sarastro . . . We are now transported to a ‘splendid Egyptian chamber’ in Sarastro’s temple; three slaves inform us that Pamina has escaped. Unfortunately (...) 

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ACT II A great many things have happened since Tamino set out in search of Pamina at the behest of the Queen of the Night. He has had time to find out the supernatural powers of his magic flute but also the truth about the supposed perfidy of Sarastro. Meanwhile Papageno and Pamina have been caught running away. Although Sarastro has refused to give Pamina back to her mother, (...) 

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ACT II SCENE 3 Having set out to free Pamina from ‘Sarastro’s clutches’ at the behest of the Queen of the Night, Tamino must now undergo a series of trials in order to be purified. He is accompanied in his initiation by the birdcatcher Papageno. Two Priests tell them the rules: first of all, they must resist all women’s wiles by silence (as is well known). Will Papageno (...) 

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ACT II SCENE 3 Tamino and Papageno have not yet completed all the trials that Sarastro has prescribed in order to purify them. During this time, Pamina continues to endure the advances of Monostatos. Now her mother, the Queen of the Night, appears: she does not come to deliver her but, in the grip of unspeakable rage, to charge her with a terrible mission: she must stab Sarastro (...) 

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ACT II SCENE 17 In case you missed the last episode, you should know that Princess Pamina has not only had to face the murderous anger of her mother (the Queen of the Night), but also Monostatos’s threats to have her mother killed if the girl refuses herself to him; Sarastro has punished the miscreant, but Pamina is now confronted with the silence of Papageno and Tamino. Of (...) 

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ACT II Throughout the process of initiation, Tamino and Papageno have been helped by a curious little trio: Three Boys whose task it is to guide them through their trials. In the middle of the second act, they come to give back to the two men the bells and the flute which had been confiscated, but also to bring them food and drink. They subsequently reveal to Pamina, who is on (...) 

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FINALE PA . . . PA . . . PA . . . PA-PA . . . Thanks to the intervention of the Three Boys, not only does Papageno decide not to hang himself, but his bells enable him to summon his sweetheart Papagena. Just before the final scene – in which the Queen of the Night, attended by Monostatos and the Three Ladies, fails in her sombre designs and the chorus celebrates the victory (...) 

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