The Magic Flute: Recycling

The Magic Flute: Recycling

Update: 2023-03-09
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The use of blackface is a dying trend, but it was fundamental to one of the most popular operas of all time, Mozart’s hit comedic opera, “The Magic Flute“. 

Over the last few decades a number of opera companies have been working to create alternate versions of this piece, all of them attempting to shape essential messages  relevant to our society; we find out how. 

Amongst our guests in this fourth episode of Every Voice, is Professor Melvin Foster, a voice instructor at Morehouse College, Atlanta, who prepares young men for careers in music, including opera. 

And next week, Every Voice with Terrance McKnight begins the journey into Giuseppe Verdi’s “Otello.”

This episode is hosted by Terrance McKnight and produced by David Norville. The  Executive Producer is Tony Phillips. The Executive Producer for WQXR Podcasts is  Elizabeth Nonemaker. Our research team includes Ariel Elizabeth Davis, Pranathi Diwakar, Ian George, and Jasmine Ogiste. Sound design and engineering by Alan Goffinski. Original music composed by Jeromy Thomas and Ashley Jackson. Special thanks to The Met archives.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

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The Magic Flute: Recycling

The Magic Flute: Recycling

Sylvia McNair, Kevin Maynor, Rodell Rosel, Melvin Foster, Terrance McKnight