The Magic Flute – Mozart

Riccardo Muti, Pierre Audi – With Diana Damrau (Queen of the Night) and René Pape (Sarastro) – Salzburg Festival

An impressive performance of The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Festival, starring Diana Damrau as the Queen of the Night and René Pape as Sarastro.

The Magic Flute has remained consistently popular since its first performance in 1791. Its arias, including the Queen of the Night's aria, are some of the most popular and well-known in the entire operatic repertoire.

Despite its popularity, the opera places exceptional demands on its cast. It was also seen as very modern and progressive. Written in German rather than the more traditional Italian used throughout the opera world at the time, it previews the Romantic era that would develop over the course of the 19th century. The drama also focuses on pure entertainment: comedy, an exotic setting with flutes and snakes, magic and a love story between the sweet Pamina and the prince Tamino.

Behind the humour, The Magic Flute also hides real depth. Mozart created sinister characters, such as Sarastro or the Queen of the Night, a perverse and vindictive woman. And the constant themes of secrecy, initiation, trials and blindness hint at masonic ritual.

© Picture: Klaus Lefebvre.

Pierre Audi stage director
Karel Appel stage design
Manfred Schneider assistant stage designer
Jorge Jara costume designer
Tina Hinteregger assistant costume designer
Michael Veits stage sets
Peter Spörl make-up artist
Christa Lamberz make-up artist
Jean Kalman lighting
Jan Koremans lighting design assistant

René Pape (Sarastro)
Paul Groves (Tamino)
Genia Kühmeier (Pamina)
Christian Gerhaher (Papageno)
Irena Bespalovaite (Papagena)
Diana Damrau (Queen of the Night)

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker
Riccardo Muti conductor

Duration : 02 h 56 min
Location : Grosses Festspielhaus (Salzburg, Austria)
Production date : 2006
Production : © Unitel
Available version(s) : DE ST EN, DE ST FR, DE ST DE, DE ST ES, DE ST ZH

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