The Enlightenment is regarded by many as a time when new ideas and new philosophies about life began to redefine European culture. Numerous groups popped up all over Europe where intelligent men could meet and discuss the ups and downs of society. The composer of this selection was a member of one such group. For one of his last works, he got together with his friend and fellow secret society member to create a fantasy piece for the stage. As it turns out, this “fantasy opera” is filled with the codes, symbols and philosophical ideas of their beloved secret society.