The Magic Flute


  • Premiere: 7. desember
  • 4 t.

Opera fra The Metropolitan Opera

Mozart's presumably best-known opera, The Magic Flute, created by the
composer with his equally gifted librettist Emanuel Schikaneder in 1791, opens
the series of new opera productions of the 2012 Salzburg Festival - and thus,
the tenure of Artistic Director Alexander Pereira, who was able to convince
Nikolaus Harnoncourt to lead the Mozart production on historic instruments. "It is
not only a first for Salzburg, but also for Nikolaus Harnoncourt to perform this
work in this sound-world in Salzburg, together with Concentus Musicus, bringing
his entire life's experience to bear on this production, and I am infinitely grateful
to him for this gift," Pereira expressed his delight. The new production will be
shown at the Felsenreitschule, and thus, The Magic Flute returns to the magical
and traditional venue long its home.
Stage director Jens-Daniel Herzog will be responsible for the production,
together with his long-time set designing partner Mathis Neidhardt. "In The Magic
Flute two worlds clash, two worlds that are also codependent. On the one side:
the world of light and rationality - on the other: the world of night, of feelings, of
imagination, of dreams. Both embody principles in constant conflict throughout
human evolutionary history, and it is still unclear whether there will be a
harmonious balance or whether one principle will vanquish the other, even at
the price of its own destruction. That is the struggle this opera relates, and the
story of two couples caught up on the frontline of these principles, who have to
prove themselves and find their very own way," the director explains.

The scene is laid in an imaginary ancient Egypt

Act I
A mountainous landscape with a temple in the background
Enter Tamino, dressed as a hunter, followed by a large snake. Overcome with shock, he faints. Out of the temple doors come three ladies-in-waiting. After killing the serpent, they admire the noble youth's face and hurry away to warn the Queen of Night.Tamino regains his senses and is astonished to find the snake dead; he believes he owes his salvation to a strange-looking character, Papageno, a bird-catcher, who has just appeared dressed in feathers and playing a pipe. Papageno does not deny the deed, but is at once punished for his lie by the three ladies-in-waiting who reappear and close his mouth with a golden padlock. Meanwhile the young ladies show Tamino a portrait of the Queen of Night's daughter, whose beauty inflames his heart. The maiden, however, has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. Conquered by such loveliness, Tamino offers to rescue her. The ladies-in-waiting hand him a golden flute with magic powers and, removing the padlock from Papageno's mouth, enjoin him to follow Tamino to Sarastro's castle; he too receives a magic instrument, with bells.

Hall in Sarastro's palace
Pamina has attempted to escape from the insistences of Monostatos, but the brutal moor has recaptured her and is leading her back by force to his palace. Frightened by the sight of Papageno,Monostatos flees. Papageno is thus able to approach Pamina and reveals to her that he has been sent by her mother, with a young prince, to set her free. Pamina and Papageno make their escape.

A wood
Enter Tamino led by three genii. The temple of Isis can be seen. Two of its doors - that of Reason and that of Nature - are closed. But one, that of Wisdom, opens and a priest comes forward to explain to Tamino that Sarastro is not a cruel sorcerer, but has been induced by just motives to protect Pamina from the influence of her mother. The priest reassures the noble youth that the maiden is alive. Tamino and Papageno, who escorts Pamina, look for one another in the wood, using their instruments to make themselves heard. The magic bells prove very useful in frightening away Monostatos and his men who are about to capture Papageno and Pamina. Sarastro appears. Pamina asks him to forgive her for running away and explains her reasons for doing so. Sarastro declares himself ready to grant her hand in marriage to a knight worthy of her, however he can never allow her to return to her mother. Tamino is dragged on stage by Monostatos. The youth and the maiden, who now set eyes on one another for the first time, throw themselves into each other's arms while Monostatos, who has asked for a reward for his services, is punished.

Julie Taymors kaleidoskopiske produksjon vender tilbake til utvalgte kinoer denne høytiden, i en høyt etterlengtet presentasjon av selskapets første Live-HD-sending noensinne. James Levine dirigerer et vinnerensemble som inkluderer tenoren Matthew Polenzani, baryton Nathan Gunn og bass René Pape i denne forkortede, engelskspråklige versjonen av Mozarts klassiske fabel.

Medvirkende: Georg Zeppenfeld, Sarastro Bernard Richter, Tamino Mandy Fredrich, Königin der Nacht Julia Kleiter, Pamina, ihre Tochter Sandra Trattnigg, Erste Dame Anja Schlosser, Zweite Dame Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Dritte Dame Tölzer Knaben, Drei Knaben Markus Werba, Papageno Elisabeth Schwarz, Papagena Rudolf Schasching, Monostatos, ein Mohr Lucian Krasznec, Erster Geharnischter/Erster Priester Martin Gantner, Sprecher/Zweiter Priester Andreas Hörl, Zweiter Geharnischter