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Datebook: September 30 – Mozart’s The Magic Flute debuts 220 years ago

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On September 30, 1791, the first performance of The Magic Flute, the last opera by Mozart made its debut, taking place at Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Austria. The Magic Flute is an opera in two acts composed to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialog. For the debut performance, Mozart conducted the orchestra, Schikaneder himself played Papageno, while the role of the Queen of the Night was sung by Mozart’s sister-in-law Josepha Hofer. There were no reviews of the first performance, though the show was a great success, performing hundreds of times in the 1790s to massive crowds. Its popularity had lifted Mozart’s spirits, as he had fallen ill at the time and died a few months after, in December.

It’s Friday, September 30

Tomorrow Laughing Corpse Production Company of Nashville performs “Silence of the Hams,” a murder mystery about a serial pig killer troubling the town’s annual pig festival, at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Tickets are $45 each for a buffet dinner and the entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 800-325-1708.

The Civil War Singers perform a concert of folk songs of the nineteen sixties, not the Civil War sixties, at the Fort Donelson Memorial United Methodist Church in Dover tomorrow night at 7:00. Admission is free.

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham is keynote speaker for a program about running for political office and about the electoral process next week. Christian County Chamber and its partners call it a “Campaign School” from 8:30 to 2 on Saturday, October 8 at the Hopkinsville Community College Technical Center. $20 registration includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials for the day. For more, e-mail

Do you have your Prairie Home Companion tickets for the November 5th show in Murray? See Thanks!


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