7.5/10
13
3 user

Mozart's The Magic Flute (1978)

| Music, Comedy, Fantasy | TV Movie
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Directors: Giulio Gianini, Emanuele Luzzati
Stars: Marcello Barteli
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During World War I, in an unnamed country, a soldier named Tamino is sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the supposedly evil Sarastro. But all is not as it seems.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Joseph Kaiser, Amy Carson, René Pape
The Magic Flute (TV Movie 1975)
Comedy | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro. She gives a magic flute to Tamino and magic bells to the bird ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Ulrik Cold, Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila
Die Zauberflöte I (TV Movie 1991)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Live recording of a theatrical performance of The Magic Flute, the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera.

Director: Brian Large
Stars: Kathleen Battle, Francisco Araiza, Manfred Hemm
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Filled with ritual and symbolism, Mozart's final masterpiece is a playful but profound look at man's search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom and virtue. From the virtuosic arias ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley M. Garner
Stars: Piotr Beczala, Kathleen Hatch, Dina Kuznetsova
The Magic Flute (TV Movie 2003)
Fantasy | Romance | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

One of the most iconic operas of all time; "The Magic Flute" (Die Zauberflöte) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is about a Prince, Tamino, conquering all odds to be wise and to rescue the ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Judd
Stars: Will Hartmann, Dorothea Röschmann, Diana Damrau
Die Zauberflöte (TV Movie 1971)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: Joachim Hess
Stars: Hans Sotin, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
The Magic Flute (TV Movie 1986)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Director: Henry Prokop
Stars: Gran Wilson, Yvonne Kenny, John Fulford
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Goeke ...
Felicity Lott ...
Benjamin Luxon ...
Elisabeth Conquet ...
May Sandoz ...
Thomas Thomaschke ...
Willard White ...
John Fryatt ...
Teresa Cahill ...
Fiona Kimm ...
Third Lady
Kate Flowers ...
Lindsay John ...
Second Boy
Elizabeth Stokes ...
Third Boy
Richard Berkeley-Steele ...
A Priest
Neil McKinnon ...
First Armed Man
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Music | Comedy | Fantasy

Edit

Details

Country:

Also Known As:

Die Zauberflöte - The Magic Flute  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Il flauto magico (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A musical feast and one of my personal favourite Magic Flutes
18 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this Glyndebourne performance as part of my Mozart marathon, having seen all the 6 Mozart Glyndebourne productions released as part of the Mozart Opera Glyndebourne collection. And I loved it, it is one of my favourite Zauberflotes(Magic Flutes) alongside the 2003 Covent Garden and 1982 Salzburg productions and the Bergman film, and the 1991 Met and 1983 Munich performances are also worth watching as well as the Die Zauberflote Fur Kinder DVD.

As far as the Mozart Glyndebourne performances in this collection go, for me this Magic Flute is one of the better ones. The best are the 1973 Le Nozze Di Figaro and the 1980/1 Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail. 1975's Cosi Fan Tutte is excellent also, and 1977's Don Giovanni is decent. The only disappointment is the 1974 Idomeneo, despite a promising beginning, an excellent Elettra and of course Mozart's sublime score, it is dull and stodgy with even my main reason for watching the DVD(Richard Lewis) disappointing.

Back to this Magic Flute, I do find the production values interesting. David Hockney's sets show a variety of styles artistically, with a heavy Egyptian and Picasso influence and Baroque cloud-mobiles for the Three Boys. The costumes are appropriate also, mostly toga style with a few exceptions, namely the traditional bird costume for Papagaeno. The picture quality is good with focused camera work. The sound may have some muffled moments, but nothing too major, nothing compared to Idomeneo. Die Zauberflote I, and seemingly others as well, regard as Mozart's most difficult opera to stage. The staging here was conservative but never static and overdone.

Musically it is a feast. The music is magnificent, well it is Mozart why wouldn't it be, and the orchestra play with a powerful and sensitive sound and Bernard Haitink's conducting as always reliable, brisker than Davis and more sympathetic than Levine but other than a too fast Ah Ich Fuhl Sawallisch on DVD is my best bet. The chorus are excellent especially in the Isis and Osiris Chorale. The performances are outstanding. The one that stood out was Felicity Lott, she is the most radiant and most poignant Pamina I've seen on DVD. I like Roschmann, Battle, Cotrubas and especially Popp just as much, but although I like their portrayal and respect them a lot as artists, Lott's Ah Ich Fuhl is (in my opinion) by far the loveliest and most musically and intelligently phrased of either of them.

Leo Goeke I wasn't expecting to work but actually I thought he was very good as Tamino. I say that I wasn't expecting him to work because I didn't like his Ottavio and was disappointed by his Idamante, but while the voice is not what I call a beautiful instrument it is the most musical and controlled I've heard him sing- he is much more nuanced than Araiza for example- and his acting more involved than the aforementioned Mozart roles.

Benjamin Luxon is wonderful, my third favourite Papagaeno after Simon Keenlyside and Manfred Hemm. His singing is rich and very musical, and he is appropriately witty and charming. Elizabeth Couquet is the most beautiful and funniest Papagaena I've seen too, and while John Fryatt chews the scenery he never overplays to the point of embarrassment and he does well to articulate. Willard White is a rich and magnetic presence as the Speaker, though I couldn't help thinking whether he would've been better as Sarastro.

Speaking of Sarastro, the performance of Thomas Thomaschke is solid. His acting is good, he has a good voice and he's musical. My problem was seeing Sarastro as a younger man compared to the firmer and more benevolent figure of Kurt Moll or the imposing one of Martti Talvela, both of whom are more my idea of this role. Thomaschke does also occasionally have some problems with his control, his many long phrases could have been more sustained and more legato wouldn't have gone amiss.

May Sandoz makes a suitably commanding presence as the Queen of the Night, a character that has only 20 minutes of screen time overall but steals all her scenes, but while her middle/lower registers are warm for my tastes her colouratura and agility weren't quite there coming across as somewhat smudgy. I have to say on a more positive note however that the ensembles are outstanding, the two Armed Men are formidable and the Three Ladies and Three Boys are blended beautifully.

In conclusion, one of my personal favourite productions of one of Mozart's best. 8.5/10 Bethany Cox


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?