Mozart’s Zauberfloete


  • Die Zauberflöte, K620. (July, 2015 DVD of the Month)

Since its premiere in a tiny theater in Vienna, Mozart’s opera “Die Zauberfloete” has delighted audiences young and old for over 200 years.

Mozart’s Singspiel seamlessly alternates seriousness and joy, and combines philosophical ideas with a fairytale world of wondrous animals and magical musical instruments. Emanuel Schikaneder‘s original production was theatrically very inventive, and this new interpretation emulates that in fresh and current terms.

The performers are: The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Chorus of Dutch National Opera, Marc Albrecht (conductor) and Simon McBurney (stage director), with the following lead singers:

Maximilian Schmitt (Tamino), Christina Landshamer (Pamina), Thomas Oliemans (Papageno), Brindley Sherratt (Sarastro), Íride Martínez (Königin der Nacht), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Monostatos), Nina Lejderman ((Papagena)

Fusing music, technology and stagecraft, this exciting production gives Die Zauberflote a refreshing new treatment that is both thrilling and simple in its approach.

I was 14 years old when I first heard this music, and I am still delighted by these sounds 60 year late.

Here is Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE as done by the Dutch National Opera: