Labyrinth, Das [ Das Labyrinth, oder Der Kampf mit den Elementen (‘The Labyrinth, or The Battle with the Elements’)]
- Linda Tyler
Heroisch-komische Oper in two acts by Peter Winter to a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder ; Vienna, Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, 12 June 1798.
Among the numerous sequels to Die Zauberflöte that appeared in the 1790s, this work served as the official ‘second part’ to Mozart’s opera, Schikaneder himself providing the libretto and producing the opera. It earned only a fraction of the widespread acclaim of Mozart’s work. As the story opens on the marriage ceremony of Tamino (tenor) and Pamina (soprano), the Queen of Night (soprano) announces her plans to send an army to lay waste the temple of Sarastro (bass). Before the battle ensues, Sarastro directs Tamino and Pamina into opposite ends of a labyrinth to fulfil their final trial of initiation. The Queen and her followers abduct Pamina in the maze. Tamino and Pamina are reunited only after several battles between the forces of good and evil. In the prominent subplot, Monostatos (tenor) dresses like a bird to woo Papagena (soprano). Papageno (bass), with the help of his large family and his glockenspiel, succeeds in capturing ‘the black bird’ and winning back his new wife. Winter draws heavily on the characteristic styles of ...