The final trial
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The Magic Flute: A beginner's guide to Mozart's operas
17. The final trial
Tamino is led on stage by two men in armour who recite the creeds of the goddess Isis that promise enlightenment to those who overcome a fear of death. Tamino says he ready for the final two challenges – to walk through fire and water. But Pamina stops him and only agrees to him doing them if they can do them together. Protected by the magic flute, they complete both tasks unscathed. Pictured: Eric Cutler Tamino with Mary Dunleavy as Pamina at the Metropolitan Opera, Wednesday, 2006, New York.