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The Magic Flute (2003)

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 »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Hartmann Will Hartmann ... Tamino
Dorothea Röschmann Dorothea Röschmann ... Pamina
Diana Damrau Diana Damrau ... Queen of Night
Franz-Josef Selig Franz-Josef Selig ... Sarastro
Simon Keenlyside Simon Keenlyside ... Papageno
Ailish Tynan Ailish Tynan ... Papagena
Adrian Thompson Adrian Thompson ... Monostatos
Gillian Webster Gillian Webster ... First Lady
Christine Rice Christine Rice ... Second Lady
Yvonne Howard Yvonne Howard ... Third Lady
Thomas Allen Thomas Allen ... Speaker of the Temple
Matthew Beale Matthew Beale ... First Priest
Richard Van Allan Richard Van Allan ... Scond Priest
Alan Oke Alan Oke ... First Man in Armour
Graeme Broadbent Graeme Broadbent ... Second Man in Armour


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 daughter, Pamina, of the Queen of the Night. This is one of the best known productions of this opera, in Covent Garden- London 2003. Conducted by Sir Colin Davis, performers include Simon Keenlyside as Papageno, Dorothea Röschmann as Pamina, Will Hartmann as Tamino and the legendary Diana Damrau as the Queen of the Night (Königin Der Nacht).

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Release Date:

3 December 2011 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La flauta mágica See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Best of the Lot
11 November 2010 | by MikelMask1See all my reviews

I have seen many performances of Die Zauberflote on stage, on TV, and on DVD. This is by far the best of the lot. All of the performers are terrific. Many reviewers of the performance have commented on the outstanding work of Diana Damrau's Queen of the Night and Simon Keenlyside's Papageno and I completely agree. However, I also want to underline the emotional realism that Dorothea Roschmann was able to bring to her part as Pamina and the heroic stoicism of Will Hartmann as Tamino. Ailish Tynan, a singer whose work I was previously unfamiliar with, is a highlight as Papagena- whenever she showed up on stage, sparks flew. Franz-Josef Selig as Sarastro was able to be regal without being boring (it helps when you have a bass like his) and the Queen's Three Ladies were simultaneously beautiful, amusing, and threatening (no mean trick). Probably the thing that I liked best in this performance was staging the action in the Age of Enlightenment. This underlined the philosophical elements that Mozart input into the opera and took away, or at least greatly diminished, the fairy tale, fantasy aspects that are often focused upon in other performances. This staging also helped the humorous aspects of the Papageno/Pagagena relationship stand out since Ms. Tynan, dressed in garish 1960's/1970's garb, was an eye sore compared to the "proper" eighteenth century folk around her resulting in her performance being such a hoot (and was better than the P/P pair being dressed up as pseudo-birds). All in all, this is a fabulous performance which I cannot recommend any more highly.

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