Mozart's The Magic Flute

Lydia Steier (stage director), Joana Mallwitz (conductor) — With Mauro Peter (Tamino), Brenda Rae (Queen of the Night), Regula Mühlemann (Pamina)...

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Lydia Steier — Stage director

Katharina Schlipf — Set designer

Ursula Kudrna — Costume designer

Olaf Freese — Lighting designer

Momme Hinrichs — Video designer

Ina Karr — Dramaturgy

Maurice Lenhard — Dramaturgy

Tareq Nazmi — Sarastro

Mauro Peter — Tamino

Brenda Rae — Queen of the Night

Regula Mühlemann — Pamina

Ilse Eerens — First Lady

Sophie Rennert — Second Lady

Noa Beinart — Third Lady

Michael Nagl — Papageno

Maria Nazarova — Papagena

Peter Tantsits — Monostatos

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Watch The Magic Flute in a dazzling production by Lydia Steier, with maestra Joana Mallwitz conducting the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2022 Salzburg Festival!

Ever since its 1791 premiere at the Theater auf der Wieden in the suburbs of Vienna, Mozart’s The Magic Flute has enchanted both classical neophytes and experts. Goethe famously declared that only this music could have accompanied his Faust. “German operetta,” “magic opera,” “Masonic opera,” and many other titles seem unsuited to this sublime work, an unquestioned masterpiece of opera and theatre, which brings out serious and comic elements—ranging from French romance to Italian aria and German Lied, as well as vaudeville—of Emanuel Schikaneder's accessible yet philosophical libretto. The Salzburg-born genius succeeded in bringing unity to these different musical styles and created a unique opus that calls to the ideals of humanity.

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