Masonism in Mozart’s The Magic Flute


download (1)On the 30th of September 1791, the opera The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart made its debut at Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna. The piece was finished three months before the composer died of suspected rheumatoid fever at the young age of 35. Mozart scholar Maynard Solomon wrote that, Although there were no reviews of the first performances, it was immediately evident that Mozart and [the librettist] Schikaneder had achieved a great success, the opera drawing immense crowds and reaching hundreds of performances during the 1790s.” 

A little known fact is that for the last seven years of his life Mozart was a Freemason; him and Schikaneder were lodge brothers who adhered to the fellowship’s philosophy. According to Solomon, Mozart was interested in the rationalist, enlightenment-inspired side of Freemasonry and not its focus on occult mysticism. Mozart’s friend Prof. Weishaupt was the founder of this rationalist division, known…

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