Opera

Die
Zauberflöte

Mozart

17 – 28 December 2021

– Are you afraid, Papageno? – No, I’m not afraid at all. Just ice cold from the shivers in my spine.DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE

There are wonderful tales that are meant to be heard by children and adults alike: for the former, those tales help them grow up, for the latter, those tales can teach them to live. Such is the case with Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Mozart’s testamentary opera, completed a few weeks before his death.

Having escaped from the clutches of a giant serpent, Prince Tamino is given a magic flute by three attendant ladies of the Queen of the Night. With his companion, the bird catcher Papageno, he sets out in search of Princess Pamina, who is being held captive by the High Priest Sarastro with his mysterious rites of passage. But appearances can be deceptive and our intrepid adventurers will have to learn to distinguish good from evil, darkness from light, and the sun from the night.

How can we breathe the magic of opera into our daily lives? How can we surprise an audience that has already lived half of their lives? For the Austrian director Anna Bernreitner, breaking down barriers is nothing new: as the head of the artistic collective OPER RUND UM, she has staged performances in places as disparate as a pub, a swimming pool, a tropical greenhouse, and a supermarket. In Mozart’s fabulous initiatory opera, fear was the white rabbit: morbid fear, childish fears, fear which leaders weaponize in order to control their citizens, fear of silence, fear of death, fear of fire which has to be tamed in order to become the author of one’s own history.

An heir of the Enlightenment, Mozart dreamt of composing a work that could appeal to scholars and the masses alike: just like the flute with the power to charm the animals in the forest. From the electrifying overture to the final note as the curtain falls, his music chases after his goal: to set the Earth on a par with Heaven and humans equal to the gods. It is a goal he manages to attain: during the final chorus, the composer succeeds in creating a musical utopia. As such, The Magic Flute bursts forth through the night and 230 years later, it continues to light up our world.

Die Zauberflöte, azione in musica in three acts with prologue
First performed at Theater an der Wien in Vienne on September 30, 1791

New production Opéra national de Lorraine
Coproduction Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie

Libretto
Emmanuel Schikaneder

Music
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Conductor

Bas Wiegers

Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra national de Lorraine


Director

Anna Bernreitner

Sets, costumes et animations

Hannah Oellinger, Manfred Rainer

Lights

Olaf Freese


Pamina

Christina Gansch

The Queen of the Night

Audrey Luna

First Lady

Susanna Hurrell

Second Lady

Ramya Roy

Third Lady

Gala El Hadidi

Papagena / the Old woman

Anita Rosati

Tamino

Jack Swanson

Sarastro

David Leigh

Papageno

Michael Nagl

Monostatos

Mark Omvlee

The Speaker

Christian Immler

The Three Children

Young singers from the Conservatoire of Nancy

First Armoured Man

Ill Ju Lee

Second Armoured Man

Benjamin Colin

Calendar

  • Fri. 17 December 2021
    20:00
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Sun. 19 December 2021
    15:00
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Tue. 21 December 2021
    20:00
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Thu. 23 December 2021
    20:00
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Sun. 26 December 2021
    15:00
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Tue. 28 December 2021
    20:00
    Opéra national de Lorraine

The performances on Sunday 19 and 26 December at 3 p.m. offer a Sunday workshop.

Duration
2h45 with interval

Performed in german with subtitles
Open to all aged 8 and above

Conference 
1 hour before the start of the performance (free, upon presentation of ticket)

See also