Solving the riddles of Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’

Published 05 March 2009


A public lecture at the University of New England will attempt to solve some of the many riddles presented in Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute.

Professor Masamichi Tsuruta, an academic from Chubu University in Japan who is a research exchange visitor at UNE, will present his interpretation of Mozart’s masterpiece in an exclusive lecture to be held in UNE’s School of Education on Tuesday 10 March.

His host at UNE, Dr Myung-sook Auh from the School of Education, said that Professor Tsuruta’s research exchange represented one aspect of the broader relationship between Chubu University and the University of New England.

“Every year a cohort of between 20 and 30 Chubu undergraduates spend their first semester at UNE,” Dr Auh said.

Professor Tsuruta’s lecture will focus on a few of the riddles in The Magic Flute – one of Mozart’s most-loved operas, which, coincidentally, will soon be performed by Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House.

“It deals with a kind of fantasy world in which many characters and actions have symbolic significance,” Dr Auh said. “This further reflects Mozart’s knowledge of Freemasonry.”

The lecture next Tuesday is open to the public and will be at 4 pm in room 224, School of Education. For more information contact Dr Myung-sook Auh on 6773 2917.