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(Mozart: Die Zauberflöte). Bass. High Priest of Isis and Osiris. Considered to be evil by the Queen of Night, he is actually very sympathetic and protective towards Pamina, the Queen's daughter, and protects her from the brutish moor Monastatos. Sarastro loves Pamina but accepts that she will be the wife of Tamino, whom she loves. He and his priests order Tamino to undergo various ordeals to prove his suitability to marry her. Arias: O Isis und Osiris (‘O Isis and Osiris’); In diesen heil'gen Hallen (‘Within these holy bounds’). Created (1791) by Franz Xaver Gerl (whose wife created Papagena).

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