MOZART, W.A.: Zauberflote (Die) (The Magic Flute) (Salzburg Festival, 2006)


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Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620
Libretto/Text Author: Schikaneder, Emanuel
Conductor: Muti, Riccardo

Monostasos: Ulrich, Burkhard
Queen of the Night: Damrau, Diana
Sarastro: Pape, Rene

Set/Stage Designer: Appel, Karel
Costume Designer: Jorge, Jara
Lighting Designer: Kalman, Jean
Choreographer: Tanaka, Min
Stage Director: Audi, Pierre
Television Director: Large, Brian

Date of Production: 2006
Festival: Salzburg Festival
Venue: Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg
Playing Time: 02:56:04
Catalogue Number: A04001468



Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) is Mozart's most popular and beloved opera, and its melodies - from Papageno's folkloric tunes to the Queen of the Night's breathtaking coloraturas - are familiar even among non-listeners of classical music. In this production by Pierre Audi, however, it is the eyes and not the ears that first fall under the spell of this truly magical Magic Flute. From the illustration on the stage curtain to the incredible, wildly colored, primeval-looking monsters, animals and decorative elements on the stage, the production is dominated by the unmistakable expressive world of the Dutch artist and sculptor Karel Appel. A co-founder of the acclaimed Cobra Group, Appel developed a darkly expressionistic idiom and was the "secret dramaturge" of the production, says director Audi. Appel died at the age of 85 three months before the premiere of Die Zauberflote at the Salzburg Festival.

While the sets may be a treat for the eyes, the music is a feast for the ears. Metropolitan Opera and La Scala star Diana Damrau shines as a Queen of the Night who effortlessly tosses out her coloraturas with dazzling accuracy. Rene Pape's Sarastro is a worthy counterpart, a solemn figure with balsamic bass tones. Paul Groves' supple tenor voice ensures a faultless Tamino next to the captivatingly natural lyricism of Genia Kuhmeier's Pamina. Christian Gerhaher is a welcome, almost restrained Papageno. His Papagena, Irena Bespalovaite, brings her fresh musicality to the ensemble. The Vienna Philharmonic is led with an expert hand by the great Riccardo Muti.

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