The Enlightenment was a time of philosophy, critical thinking, and brotherhood. Society at the time felt it was possible to find true meaning and connections with the world around them. Ideas were spread through newspapers, pamphlets, and social gatherings such as lodges. This spread of ideas reached Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and affected his opera, Die Zauberflöte. Themes of the Enlightenment are found in the characterizations of Tamino, Papageno, Pamina, the Queen, and Sarastro. This essay describes characterizations and analyzes how themes of Enlightenment appear in the opera.
Castro, Briana and Jones, Ryan. "A Search for Enlightenment in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte" (2022). 2022 Festschrift: Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.