Deutsche Oper Berlin

The Magic Flute

Opera

Bismarckstraße 35, 10627 Berlin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A scene impression from the first act.
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Philipp Jekal as Papageno
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Philipp Jekal as Papageno, Attilio Glaser as Tamino, Kim-Lillian Strebel, Annika Schlicht and Ronnita Miller as Dames
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Attilio Glaser as Tamino, Seth Carico  as Sprecher
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Kathryn Lewek as Queen
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
A scene impression from the second act.
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Elena Tsallagova as Pamina, Tobias Kehrer as Sarastro, Attilio Glaser as Tamino
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Philipp Jekal as Papageno, Alexandra Hutton as Papagena
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Kathryn Lewek as Queen, Elena Tsallagova as Pamina
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Attilio Glaser as Tamino, Elena Tsallagova as Pamina
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
A scene impression from the second act.
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
A scene impression from the second act.
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Elena Tsallagova as Pamina
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Elena Tsallagova as Pamina, Attilio Glaser as Tamino
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Alexandra Hutton as Papagena
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
A scene impression from the second act.
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß
Philipp Jekal as Papageno, Alexandra Hutton as Papagena
Bettina Stöß
© Bettina Stöß

Description

Mixing Viennese folk theatre, Masonic mystery and fairy tale, this opera is probably the most performed in the German-speaking world and, in Günter Krämer's colourful, highly visual production, a favourite with our audiences ... 

About the work
It’s the most performed opera in the German-speaking region, an unusual – and masterly – blend of Viennese folk theatre and fairy tale, mythology and freemasonry mystique: Mozart’s The Magic Flute remains a puzzle to this day. Did Mozart and his librettist Schikaneder switch horses from the Queen of the Night to Sarastro half way through? Is the message not one of distrust towards a supposedly infallible priesthood and its simplistic good-versus-evil ideology? Are some Mozart experts right when they talk of a disconnect between text and music? Whatever the answer, it’s the music that allows us to relate to the story’s contradictions. Far from denouncing the characters, it confers an existentiality on their conflicts.

Tamino is rescued from a dragon by three mysterious women, who show him a picture of Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, who has been kidnapped by Sarastro, high priest of the Temple of the Sun. Besotted with the picture, Tamino is instructed by the Queen to team up with Papageno to rescue her. For a talisman he is given a magic flute, Papageno some magic bells. When they fail to steal Pamina back, the three of them are subjected to a series of perilous ordeals. Firstly, the men must prove they can keep silent. With Tamino not speaking to her, Pamina is about to stab herself but is saved by the three boy spirits, who lead her to Tamino. The pair then pass the remaining ordeals by fire and water. Meanwhile Papageno has acquired a lady friend, with whom he dreams of living happily ever after. Tamino and Pamina are inducted into the brotherhood of the Enlightened and embrace the ideals of nature, wisdom and reason.

About the production
The Günter Krämer production focuses on the antithesis between two worlds, represented in The Magic Flute by sun versus moon and dark versus light but also by the oppositions of nature versus culture and male versus female. These double-sided coins are visualised on stage as the contrast between black and white, neither of which – like Yin and Yang – can exist without the other. The fairy tale character of The Magic Flute is conveyed with directorial exhilaration and a remarkable set design, which have helped to make the production an audience favourite over the last 30 years.

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The Magic Flute - Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Einführung: 45 Minuten vor Vorstellungsbeginn im Rang-Foyer rechts

Cast

Giulio Cilona
Conductor
Günter Krämer
Director
Andreas Reinhardt
Stage-design, Costume-design
Thomas Richter
Chorus Director
Tobias Kehrer
Sarastro
Kieran Carrel
Tamino
Joel Allison
Speaker
Stephen Marsh
1st priest
Burkhard Ulrich
2nd priest
Hye-Young Moon
Queen of the Night
Lilit Davtyan
Pamina
Sua Jo
1st lady
Karis Tucker
2nd lady
Stephanie Wake-Edwards
3rd lady
Alexandra Oomens
Papagena
Philipp Jekal
Papageno
Chance Jonas-O'Toole
Monostatos
Thaisen Rusch
1st armoured man
Jared Werlein
2nd armoured man
Solisten des Kinderchores der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Three boys
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin

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