A Magic Flute to remember, filmed at the 2006 Salzburg Festival! The production's exceptional cast stars René Pape and Diana Damrau.
In 1791, Mozart's newest operatic work The Magic Flute premiered to wild success. In the year that followed, the opera was performed more than one hundred times, going on to become one of the most popular operas of the classical repertoire. Using a new musico-theatrical form (the Singspiel) and writing in his native German, Mozart created startlingly modern music that heralded the Romanticism of the coming century. Delightfully virtuosic arias follow one after the other, climaxing in the second act with the Queen of the Night's "Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinen Herzen," one of classical music's all-time greatest hits. Set in an exotic and fantastical land filled with venomous snakes, magical beings, pan flutes, and magical bells, the central love story of the beautiful Pamina and the brave Prince Tamino is punctuated with many comic bits and culminates in a gripping scene between the jester-like Papageno and the cruel Monostatos. The work also abounds with references to Freemasonry manifested in recurrent themes like solitude, initiation rites, trial-by-fire, blindness, and light after darkness.
In this production, Diana Damrau and René Pape deliver stunning performances as the Queen of the Night and Sarastro. Pierre Audi's subtle staging and Jorge Jara's brilliantly-colored costumes bring out both the comedy and complexity in Mozart's beloved Singspiel.
Photo © Klaus Lefebvre.
Iván Fischer (conductor), Nicholas Hytner (stage director) – Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo), Miah Persson (Fiordiligi)
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