Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' from the Royal Opera House

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Ekaterina Siurina as Pamina and Charles Castronovo as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (© ROH / Mike Hoban 2013)

Philosophy and comedy join forces in Mozart's The Magic Flute, the opera which includes both singing and spoken dialogue, and which we bring to you Saturday at 1 pm.

In this winter 2015 revival of David McVicar’s 2003 production, tenor Pavol Breslik plays Tamino, a prince who promises the Queen of the Night to save her daughter Pamina (soprano Christiane Karg) from the supposedly evil sorcerer Sarastro.

The comedy articulates Mozart’s ardent spiritual beliefs and at its core expresses the enlightenment concern with the search for wisdom and virtue.

This enchanting tale grasps the fantasy, seriousness and humor of the composer’s work, transporting you – through lyric love duets and folksong-like arias – to the magical world of dancing animals and bright starry nights.


Tamino: Pavol Breslik
Pamina: Christiane Karg
Papageno: Markus Werba
Sarastro: Georg Zeppenfeld
Queen of the Night: Anna Siminska

Director: David McVicar
Conductor: Cornelius Meister

Comments [9]

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Aug. 04 2015 01:08 AM

I'm curious. Have any of you sought out newspaper reviews of this production/performance from winter 2015? Did the reviewers have the same concerns I'm reading about here? Inquiring minds.


Aug. 01 2015 05:42 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from 5Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

PAVOL BRESLIK, the Tamino, is about the only one that appears to be adequate to his/her role.
What has happened to the COVENT GARDEN ROYAL OPERA HOUSE to have so pedestrian a cast and to a maestro who is, judging from his over hasty tempi, rushing to get home to his wife's warm meal. With the high costs of tickets nowadays we are getting gutter quality performances at the opera and also on Broadway. And apparently the British have the same problem.

Aug. 01 2015 04:12 PM
Ted Cerame from Perris, CA

Two thumbs up for The Royal Opera House. At least a few of the big Houses are maintaining the highest standards of Quality we have come to expect. For only the closest connection to the Composer's intentions makes it possible to hear the great work that uplifts the spirit of humankind such as Mozart gave to us.

Aug. 01 2015 04:00 PM

Thank you Mr. Eisenberg. Not really listening. too busy.
Best wishes

Aug. 01 2015 03:17 PM
larry eisenberg from New york city

Mozart always brings joy & cheer
The voices that today we hear,
So splendid, so true,
An ambrosial brew,
That all Opera lovers hold dear!

Aug. 01 2015 03:06 PM

Just tuned it, George; the pace of In Diesen Heiligen Hallen seems fine to me. Never heard of Zeppenfeld, but he is doing a great job also. Nice to have the spoken dialogue as well.

Aug. 01 2015 02:55 PM
Adrian Bryttan from New York

OMG, where's the fire? The conductor is breathlessly bulling through the music... not just the singers suffer, but the music has no chance to sound!

just heard the Queen of the Night.. brittle and squawky tone... and here too the maestro even pushed her faster! unbelievable that this goes on in a major opera house

Aug. 01 2015 02:53 PM
George from 40th st from New York city

Great performance...Breslik superb.......but why is the conductor in such a rush? Fastest FLUTE I have ever heard and I have heard quite a few. The stately nature of the piece is ruined!

Aug. 01 2015 02:38 PM

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