THE MAGIC FLUTE

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder and Carl Ludwig Giesecke
English Translation by Kico Gonzalez-Risso
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NOTE: This translation was first produced by the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Washington University under the direction of the translator, Kico Gonzalez-Risso. The Musical Director was Bruce Pullan and the Designer was Christopher Reinhart. Dialogue that was edited from the production is shown in brackets: [] The spoken dialogue is in bold. This edition was revised for Calgary Opera Association's 1997 production.

SCENE 3 (The THREE LADIES enter.)

THREE LADIES: (They call in a threatening manner.) Papageno!

PAPAGENO: Aha! That's me. [Turn around, my friend.]

TAMINO: Who are these ladies?

PAPAGENO: I can't tell you who they really are. All I know is that every day they take my birds and leave me wine, sugarbread and sweet figs.

TAMINO: I'll bet they're quite beautiful, aren't they?

PAPAGENO: I doubt it. If they were beautiful, they wouldn't have to cover their faces, would they?

THREE LADIES: Papageno!

PAPAGENO: Keep still! Now I'm going to get it! What did you ask me? If they were beautiful? I can honestly tell you that I've never in my life seen anything more beautifuL There, that should keep them happy.

THREE LADIES: Papageno!

PAPAGENO: [Why are they so mad at me all of a sudden? Have I committed some crime?] Here, my fine beauties, take my birds.

1ST LADY: (Handing him an attractive 'bouteille' of water) And in return, our queen sends you, [on this day, for the first time, pure,] clear water instead of wine.

2ND LADY: And, instead of sugar-bread, she has ordered me to bring you this stone. [Let's hope it does you some good.]

PAPAGENO: [What?] You want me to eat stones?

3RD LADY: And, instead of sweet figs, I have the honour of locking up your mouth with this golden padlock. (She puts the lock over his mouth. PAPAGENO tries to protest.)

1ST LADY: No doubt you want to know why the queen punishes you today in such strange fashion?

2ND LADY: So that in the future you will not go around telling lies to strangers.

3RD LADY: And so that you will not take credit for the heroic deeds of others.

1ST LADY: Tell us, did you kill this serpent? (PAPAGENO shakes his head.)

2ND LADY: Well then, who did? (PAPAGENO shrugs.)

3RD LADY: It was us, young man. We saved you. Don't be afraid. For soon joy and ecstasy will be yours. Here - our great queen sends you this portrait. It's a painting of her daughter. She says that if you find you are not - how shall we put it? - indifferent to these features, then your destiny will be one of fortune, honour and glory. Good bye. (She exits.)

2ND LADY: Adieu, Monsieur Papageno! (She exits.)

1ST LADY: Go easy on the water. That's a good boy.

(She exits laughing. PAPAGENO continues miming his protest. TAMINO has been smitten by the portrait and, as his love grows, has been oblivious to everything that has gone on around him.)

SCENE 4

NO. 3 ARIA. (TAMINO)

TAMINO: THIS IMAGE PUTS A SPELL ON ME
A BEAUTY ONLY GODS SHOULD SEE
I FEEL IT, I FEEL IT
HOW THIS ANGEL'S FACE AWAKES MY HEART,
NOW FILLED WITH GRACE
AWAKES MY HEART, NOW FILLED WITH GRACE
I CANNOT NAME THIS STRANGE NEW YEARNING
THAT FILLS MY HEART LIKE FIRE BURNING
CAN THIS BE LOVE I'VE NEVER KNOWN?
CAN THIS BE LOVE I'VE NEVER KNOWN?
AH YES! IT'S LOVE AND LOVE ALONE

IT IS LOVE! IT IS LOVE! IT IS LOVE! LOVE ALONE
OH JUST TO FIND HER WOULD RESTORE ME
OH JUST TO SEE HER STAND BEFORE ME
THEN I WOULD, I WOULD - LOVE DIVINE! - WHAT WOULD I DO?
NEXT TO MY HEART I WOULD INVITE HER
THE FLAME INSIDE ME WOULD DELIGHT HER
AND SHE FOREVER WOULD BE MINE
AND SHE FOREVER WOULD BE MINE
AND SHE FOREVER WOULD BE MINE
SHE FOREVER WOULD BE MINE
SHE FOREVER WOULD BE MINE

(He is about to exit when the THREE LADIES return.)

SCENE 5

1ST LADY: Gather up all your courage and strength, dear boy. The queen...

2ND LADY: ...has ordered me to tell you...

3RD LADY: That the secret to future happiness is now revealed.

1ST LADY: She heard everything you said. She has...

2ND LADY: ...studied every flicker of passion in your face. What's more, her mother's loving heart...

3RD LADY: ...has decided to grant you complete happiness. "If this young man," she said, "is as brave as he is tender-hearted, then my daughter is as good as saved."

TAMINO: Saved? What do you mean? [Oh endless darkness! The girl in the portrait!]

1ST LADY: Know then that a wicked demon kidnapped Pamina.

TAMINO: Kidnapped her? [Oh God. How did this happen?]

1ST LADY: [One beautiful May morning] she was sitting by herself in her beloved cypress grove [- her favourite haunt.] The villain sneaked in unnoticed and -

2ND LADY: ...spied on her and -

3RD LADY: Besides having a black heart, he has the power to transform himself into any conceivable shape - so that even Pamina was -

1ST LADY: - that's the name of the Queen's daughter. {Dialogue edited.)

TAMINO: Just tell me, Ladies, tell me where I can find this monster.

2ND LADY: He lives in a charmed, enchanting valley, not far from these mountains. [His castle is gorgeous - and heavily guarded.

TAMINO: Come, Ladies,] show me how to get there. I'll rescue her and destroy the villain. I swear it with all my heart. With my life. (At that moment a loud, shuddering chord is heard.) My God, what was that?

THREE LADIES: Stay calm.

1ST LADY: It announces the arrival of our queen. (Thunder)

THREE LADIES: She comes! (Thunder) She comes! (Thunder) She comes!

SCENE 6 (The mountains part and the scene changes into a splendid chamber. The QUEEN sits on a throne which is adorned with translucent stars.)

NO. 4 ARIA (QUEEN OF THE NIGHT)

QUEEN: OH TREMBLE NOT, MY DARLING SON
OH WISE AND VIRTUOUS, PIOUS ONE.
A YOUNG MAN SUCH AS YOU - THERE IS NO OTHER
CAN HEAL THE PAINFUL HEARTACHE OF A MOTHER
I SUFFER FROM THE DEEPEST SORROW
TO HAVE MY DAUGHTER DISAPPEAR
I'VE LOST ALL JOY NOW FOR TOMORROW
I'VE LOST ALL JOY NOW FOR TOMORROW
A WICKED BEAST, A WICKED BEAST
STOLE HER FROM HERE

I STILL SEE HER TERROR
HER TREMBLING, HER HORROR
TOO FRIGHTENED, TOO TENDER
SHE HAD TO SURRENDER
AND SO I WATCHED WHILE SHE WAS TAKEN
"AH, HELP!", "AH, HELP!" WAS ALL THAT SHE COULD SAY
SHE MUST HAVE FELT SHE WAS FORSAKEN
FOR ALL MY STRENGTH HAD GONE AWAY
FOR ALL MY STRENGTH, FOR ALL MY STRENGTH HAD GONE AWAY
 
YOU, YOU, YOU SHALL BE THE ONE TO FREE HER
YOU'LL SAVE MY DAUGHTER FROM THIS CRIME - YES
YOU'LL SAVE MY DAUGHTER FROM THIS CRIME
AND WHEN AT LAST WITH YOU I SEE HER
SHE'S YOURS TO LOVE FOR ALL OF TIME
TO LOVE FOR ALL (AH......) ALL OF TIME
FOR ALL OF TIME, FOR ALL OF TIME, FOR ALL OF TIME

(She exits with her LADIES and the scene changes back to its previous setting.)

COPYRIGHT C 1997 KICO GONZALEZ-RISSO

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