The Queen of the Night has begged Prince Tamino to free her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the High Priest Sarastro, who has abducted her. Together with the bird-catcher Papageno, Tamino enters Sarastro's realm to seek her. When he finds her, the two fall in love, but they have to have to undergo ordeals before they can be together. At the end, Papageno is also rewarded with his Papagena.
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Historical recording: Deutsche Grammophon 1955
Premiere: Boston, October 8, 1952
New productions: 1960 and 2015
The puppets and the equipment were made in the workshops of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre.