Mozart fell ill while in Prague for the 6th September of 1791 premiere of his opera ‘La clemenza di Tito’.
He continued his professional functions for some time and conducted the premiere of The Magic Flute on 30th September of 1791 at Schikaneder’s theatre, the Freihaus-Theater in Vienna. Mozart‘s worst symptoms of illness soon returned, together with the strong feeling that he was being poisoned.
His health deteriorated on 20th November, at which point he became bedridden, suffering from swelling, pain, and vomiting. Mozart was nursed in his final illness by his wife and her youngest sister, and was attended by the family doctor.
Mozart died in his home on 5th December 1791 (aged 35) at 12:55 am.
In this opera, the ‘Queen of the Night’ persuades Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from captivity under the high priest Sarastro; instead, he learns the high ideals of Sarastro’s community and seeks to join it.
Separately, then together, Tamino and Pamina undergo severe trials of initiation, which end in triumph, with the Queen and her cohorts vanquished.
The earthy Papageno, who accompanies Tamino on his quest, fails the trials completely but is rewarded anyway with the hand of his ideal female companion Papagena.