One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter, so who is the hero in Mozart’s The Magic Flute? Imagine that the Queen of the Night is completely justified in her quest against Sarastro - her late husband, the King, fell into Sarastro’s sect and gave him control of his realm, effectively disinheriting his wife and daughter, and mysteriously died. There is discord in the kingdom, the citizens think they should be ruled by the legitimate heir, the Princess Pamina. Sarastro abducts her and keeps her prisoner in his dungeon…The Queen is desperate to get her daughter back. Sarastro and his forces enslave the Queen’s subjects and force them to convert to his ideology – what happens next??

Decolonising Mozart

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