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Run time: 3hrs 00min, 1 intermission
Sung in GERMAN
Subtitles in English, German, Italian, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
One of the greatest operas ever written, the Magic Flute concerns the search for truth and reason, love and enlightenment. This season maestro Adam Fischer conducts Mozart’s immortal score, with Long Long leading the cast as Tamino, the noble prince who sets out to rescue the beautiful Pamina, sung by Regula Mühlemann. They are joined by Andrè Schuen as the lovable bird catcher Papageno, and Sabine Devieilhe as the evil Queen of the Night. René Pape as the benevolent Sarastro and Adrian Eröd as the Speaker round out the ensemble.
The son of a Salzburg court musician, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. The young Mozart spent much of his childhood touring Europe with his father, performing before nobility. He went on to compose in all musical genres of his day and excelled in every one. Mozart's operas in particular represent the peak of his genius and remain unsurpassed in terms of beauty, vocal challenge and dramatic insight. Mozart died only a few weeks after the premiere of Die Zauberflöte, his last opera.
An old friend of Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder (1751–1812), wrote the opera’s libretto, staged the work, and sang the role of Papageno at the premiere. The libretto draws on several literary sources, and is further strongly influenced by the ideas of Freemasonry, by earlier productions of Schikaneder’s theater company and by the tradition of Viennese popular theatre.