Mozart - Die Zauberflote (DVD)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OA1343D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 26th November 2021
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Prince Tamino (Mauro Peter) promises the Queen of the Night (Sabine Devieilhe) that he will rescue her daughter Pamina (Siobhan Stagg) from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno (Roderick Williams) – but all is not as it seems…
Mozart wrote Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) for a suburban theatre in Vienna, the Theater auf der Wieden. He drew on the magical spectacle and earthy comedy of popular Viennese theatre. As well as being a comedy, The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.
David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.
“Roderick Williams’ charming bird catcher leads a spirited revival at Covent Garden” – Bachtrack ★★★★★
“Julia Jones returns to the pit where she maintains perfect dramatic momentum, and the whole evening goes with a swing” – The Stage ★★★★
- The musical secrets of Mozart’s Magic Flute
- Mozart’s Magic Flute is a masterpiece – an introduction
- Cast gallery
- Pamina: Siobhan Stagg
- Tamino: Mauro Peter
- Papageno: Roderick Williams
- Sarastro: Mika Kares
- Queen of the Night: Sabine Devieilhe
- First Lady: Rebecca Evans
- Second Lady: Angela Simkins
- Third Lady: Susan Platts
- Monostatos; Peter Bronder
- Papagena: Christina Gansch
Director: David McVicar
Designer: John Macfarlane
Lighting designer: Paule Constable
Movement director: Leah Hausman
Duration: approx. 160 minutes
Audio: LPCM 2.0 + Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, JP, KO
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