Hm hm hm

One of my favourite bits of the Magic Flute, the turn from comedy and friendship to tender farewell is almost imperciptible in Mozart’s writing. And how radical is it that at the very outset of a quest the prince has to tell his lowly companion that the prince is too weak to rescue him?

On a lower plane, the costumes here reminds me of one of my favourite anti-heroes, Digby: “His reaction when she had taken him to a Wagner production, and he realised that the eighteen-stone tenor who looked like a frog was supposed to be a Nordic hero, had been unforgettable.”

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