Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) - Further information

Die Zauberflöte: A. Brower, D. Behle, C. Gerhaher,  O. v. d. Damerau, L. Tatulescu Die Zauberflöte: Erika Miklósa, Daniel Behle Die Zauberflöte: Georg Zeppenfeld, Julia Kleiter, Chor und Statisterie
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Emanuel Schikaneder

World Première on 30th September 1791, Vienna


Neu Einstudierung: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Die Zauberflöte is a phenomenon; a work of genius but one that poses unanswerable questions. Who or what exactly is the Queen of the Night, ablaze with stars? Who does Sarastro represent? On whose orders do the three genii intervene and what exactly is the meaning of the ordeals which Tamino and Pamina must undergo? The Magic Flute does not proffer easy answers but provides clues by means of fairy tale motifs, mythical symbols and oriental wisdom. The work fuses the genre of popular theatre and relics of Baroque mystery plays together with the rituals of freemasonry. The Magic Flute does not moralize but teaches us that the human state is one complex continuous project the fulfilment of which requires, above all, tolerance and the ability to face change.

Ernst Bloch called Die Zauberflöte a "magical montage of humanity". August Everding, the original director, and Jürgen Rose, the stage and costume designer were swept away by the charm of this opera when they worked on their new production for the Bayerische Staatsoper in 1978. Since then their staging has received more than 200 performances to full houses. It has always been a firm favourite in this theatre and continues to be so. This is why we have decided to present a "Neueinstudierung" of this classic production, with renovated scenery, a largely new cast and a new musical interpretation to have its first night on 31st October 2004.

Diana Damrau will sing the Queen of the Night to Kurt Moll's Sarastro, Rainer Trost and Juliane Banse will withstand the trials that Tamino and Pamina have to face and Hanno Müller-Brachmann will seek and find happiness as their "fine feathered friend" Papageno. Ivor Bolton, the chief conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg since 2004, will conduct, continuing his extraordinarily successful collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsoper and Staatsorchester over the last decade.

Sir Peter Jonas
March 2004