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.
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Iván Fischer (conductor), Nicholas Hytner (stage director) – Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo), Miah Persson (Fiordiligi)
Vladimir Jurowski, Jonathan Kent – Gerald Finley (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Kate Royal (Donna Elvira) – Glyndebourne Festival