O Isis and Osiris
A chorus from Mozarts Magic Flute. The choir are singing the role of the priests who are preparing a young prince,Tamino, for the trials which he must face in order to win the hand of Pamina.
Much of the magic and symbolism in the opera could refer to Mozarts own knowledge of Freemasonry. His own publisher and many fellow musicians were members of his Lodge.
The Opera begins with us seeing the plot from the point of view of the "Queen of the Night" who is trying to rescue Pamina from the evil Sarastro. Later we are given the masonic point of view which reveals the priesthood as a force for good and the preservation of ' values'.
For non Oxonians, the Isis is what we call the river Thames where it flows through Oxford. Some historians suggest the name Isis is nothing more than a contraction of Tamesis, the Latin name for the Thames.