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
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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