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"The rays of the sun have vanquished the night, the power of the hypocrite has been destroyed": so ends Mozart's most mysterious opera, which premièred on 30 September 1791 in Vienna, just a few months before his death. The dual nature of the work- which Beethoven considered brought together all the different forms of song, from the fugue to the Lied, combining classical music with the Singspiel, comedy and drama- holds a message that encapsulates all the ideals of the Enlightenment. The opera covers themes from common love and sublime love, fairy tales, popular comedy, philosophical fables, confrontations between Good and Evil represented by light and darkness, and the intricate web weaved by the musician from Salzburg is masterfully put together. The unusual staging by Australian director Barrie Kosky is an attempt to place the work within the language of early cinema, in a tribute to Buster Keaton and his generation. Kosky brings The Magic Flute back to its popular roots, and the performance is both fun and exhilarating.

Essentials

"The magic flute"

Singspiel in two acts
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

First performed in the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, on 30 September 1791
First performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid on 11 January 2001

Production by the Komische Oper in Berlín

Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra

(Coro Intemezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)
 

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Ivor Bolton
  • Stage director: Suzanne Andrade & Barrie Kosky
  • Concept: 1927 (Suzanne Andrade & Paul Barritt) & Barrie Kosky
  • Animations: Paul Barritt
  • Set and costume designer: Esther Bialas
  • Lighting designer: Diego Leetz
  • Dramaturg: Ulrich Lenz
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
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  • Sarastro / Speaker: Christof Fischesser (Jan. 16, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30)
    Rafal Siwek (Jan. 17, 20, 23, 25, 29)
  • Tamino: Joel Prieto (Jan. 16, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30)
    Norman Reinhardt (Jan. 17, 20, 23, 25, 29)
  • The Queen of the Night: Ana Durlovski (Jan. 16, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30)
    Kathryn Lewek (Jan. 17, 20, 23, 25, 29)
  • Pamina: Sophie Bevan (Jan. 16, 19, 24, 26, 28, 30)
    Sylvia Schwartz (Jan. 17, 20, 22, 23, 25, 29)
  • Papageno: Joan Martín-Royo (Jan. 16, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30)
    Gabriel Bermúdez (Jan. 17, 20, 23, 25, 29)
  • Papagena: Ruth Rosique
  • Three ladies: Elena Copons, Gemma Coma-Alabert, Nadine Weissmann
  • Monostatos: Mikeldi Atxalandabaso
  • Two armoured men: Airam Hernández, David Sánchez
  • Three children (in alphabetical order): Patricia Ginés
    María Guzmán
    Chandra Henderson
    Celia Martos
    Catalina Peláez
    Lucía Seriñán

Performance Dates

  • 16 JAN (S) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 17 JAN (S) 18:00h
    FINISHED
  • 19 JAN (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 20 JAN (W) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 22 JAN (F) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 23 JAN (S) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 24 JAN (S) 18:00h
    FINISHED
  • 25 JAN (M) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 26 JAN (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 28 JAN (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 29 JAN (F) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 30 JAN (S) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • Place: Main Auditorium

Programme of show

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