The Royal Opera House: The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)

Rated NR 190 min. 2017

Mozart's glorious opera The Magic Flute

is brought enchantingly to life in David

McVicar's production with beautiful sets

by John Macfarlane.

Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the

Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina

from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his

quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher

Papageno - but all is not as it seems…

David McVicar's classic production

embraces both the seriousness and comedy

of Mozart's work. The audience is transported

to a fantastical world of dancing animals,

flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies.

The setting provides a wonderful backdrop

for Mozart's kaleidoscopic score, from the

Queen of the Night's coloratura fireworks to

Tamino and Pamina's lyrical love duets and

Papageno's hearty, folksong-like arias.

As well as being a comedy The Magic

Flute is an expression of Mozart's profound

spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with

the search for wisdom and virtue are at the

heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute

was an instant success with audiences and

Mozart's supposed rival Salieri described it

as an 'operone' - a great opera.

Film Credits

Director: David McVicar

Writer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Cast: Roderick Williams, Janai Brugger, Siobhan Stagg and Mauro Peter

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