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Die Zauberflöte (DVD)

Item# 807280919097

Die Zauberflöte (DVD)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Release Date: 2/26/16
Conductor: James Levine
Artists: Christian Boesch (Papageno), Martti Talvela (Sarastro), Peter Schreier (Tamino), Edita Gruberová (Königin der Nacht), Ileana Cotrubas (Pamina), Edda Moser (Erste Dame), Ann Murray (Zweite Dame), Ingrid Mayr (Dritte Dame)
Orchestra, Chorus: Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Performance Place: Salzburg Festival, Salzburg

This production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received enormous and unanimous approval, when it was premiered in Salzburg. The Theatre wizard Jean-Pierre Ponnellecreated a staging which became part and parcel of the festival programme for over nine years and soon acquired the status of a legend. Of course, none of that would have had the same appeal if it had not been in accord with Mozart’s music, performed with perfect blend of lightness and pathos, humour and profundity, by James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; nor would it all have worked without a truly Festival-worthy cast of singers: the Finnish bass Martti Talvela, who departed way too soon in 1989, in his famous role as Sarastro, the incomparable Edita Gruberová as “the best-ever Queen of the Night” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the legendary Tamino Peter Schreier as well as the petite, lyrical soprano Ileana Cotrubas? as Pamina. Further, Christian Boesch, who sang the role of his life with Papageno, was credited most for his performance in this legendary Zauberflöte.

Running Time: 189
Picture Format: 4:3
Disc Format: NTSC
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Number of Discs: 2
Region: 0
Languages: DE
Subtitle Languages:

The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
A sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism, The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a Singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity. Premiere: Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna, 1791.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

The libretto specifies Egypt as the location of the action. That country was traditionally regarded as the legendary birthplace of the Masonic fraternity, whose symbols and rituals populate this opera. Some productions include Egyptian motifs as an exotic nod to this idea.

Met History
The Met’s English-language family version of Mozart’s enchanting masterpiece has become one of the city’s essential holiday traditions.


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