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(Mozart: Die Zauberflöte). Bar. A bird‐catcher. He meets Tamino and goes with him to rescue Pamina, having been given magic bells to protect him. Though frightened, he rescues Pamina and takes her to meet Tamino. He also wards off the evil moor Monastatos and his followers by playing the bells and luring them away. He accompanies Tamino to his trials, but is unable to remain silent as ordered. Determined to find love for himself, he meets an old crone who, to his horror, declares herself to be his future bride. When he agrees to save her from incarceration by marrying her, she miraculously turns into the young and beautiful Papagena. Arias: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (‘I am the bird‐catcher’); Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (‘A maiden or a little wife’); duet (with Pamina): Bei männern (‘All men’). Created (1791) by Johann Emanuel Schikaneder (the opera's librettist. When the opera had its British première, this role was taken by Michael Balfe, the composer of The Bohemian Girl).

Subjects: Opera.

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