Sunday, November 21, 2010


The marriage of Sulphur and Quicksilver, Sun and Moon, King and Queen, is the central symbol of alchemy.
In this opera, we do not see concrete persons on stage, but rather alchemical archetypes, represented by characters. Man yearns for a synthesis between the terrestrial and celestial forces within himself. He desires to bridge their contradictions and in doing so too experience wholeness and well-being.
The image of the marriage has served as an excellent symbol for the fulfillment of this desire.
Two opposing natures, each in themselves infertile, conjoin, fertilizing each other and thus giving rise to new life.
The alchemists, who had the incessant urge to couple water and fire in their laboratories and oratory, always returned to this theme.

- Matheus Franciscus - The Magic Flute