Tobias Kehrer, Matthew Newlin, Noel Bouley, Bryan Murray, Jörg Schörner, Daniela Cappiello, Siobhan Stagg, Flurina Stucki, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Ronnita Miller, Alexandra Hutton, Simon Pauly, Gideon Poppe, Clemens Bieber, Paull-Anthony Keightley
Mozart’s Magic Flute is the most frequently performed opera in the German-speaking world. This variegated masterpiece straddling Viennese popular theatre, fairytale, myth and the mystery of freemasonry is a puzzle even today: did Mozart and his librettist Schikaneder switch horses in mid-stream, changing allegiance from the Queen of the Night to Sarastro? Should one not distrust the holier-than-thou world of the priests and an ideology that divides the world into good and evil? Are there not traces, even, of discrepancies between text and music, as many a Mozart expert has suggested? Whatever the facts of the matter, it is the music that smooths the contradictions of the plot, elevating them to a worldly realism. The music does not denounce the characters but rather confers on the conflicts an existential dimension. Without this dimension the opera would come over as an irrational fairytale.
In German with German and English surtitles.
Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance