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Emanuel Schikaneder
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    (September 9, 1751-September 21, 1812)
    Birth name was Johann Joseph Schikaneder
    Resettled in Vienna
    Wrote the libretto for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'
    Performed the role of Papageno in the opera's first production
    Although classically trained, he specialized in low comedy for middlebrow audiences.
    He cared more about razzle-dazzle than about literary quality in his productions.
    He erected a statue of himself above the door to his theater.
    He had two mistresses as well as a wife.
    He liked to gamble.
    He made poor business decisions.
    His libretto for 'The Magic Flute' is often criticized for misogyny, racism, and stupid plotting.
    It also rips off many characters and ideas from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest.'
    His wife knew about the mistresses and didn't care.
    He was a great showman.
    Mozart used to drive him crazy with practical jokes during performances.
    For all its problems, 'The Magic Flute' is still one of the most beloved operas of all time.
    He died broke and insane, but the theater he built still stands today.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro

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