Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620 (The Magic Flute)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Martin Summer (Sarastro), Yasmin Özkan (Queen of the Night), Martin Piskorski (Tamino), Fatma Said (Pamina), Till von Orlowski (Papageno), Sascha Emanuel Kramer (Monostatos), Theresa Zisser (Papagena)

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Ádám Fischer (conductor) & Peter Stein (director)

Accompanied by a luxurious team of professionals, consisting of the renowned stage director Peter Stein, stage designer Ferdinand Wöger and conductor Ádám Fischer, Teatro alla Scala presents Mozart’s Zauberflöte. In this production, orchestra, chorus, soloists as well as outfitters all consisted of students of the Academia Teatro alla Scala, the educational institution aimed to train the young talents, founded by the Teatro alla Scala in 2001. The result was stunning – an instant success – with all ten performances selling out at La Scala, which is famous for its extremely critical loggionisti. According to Die Presse, Fischer ‘gets the best out of the Academy Orchestra with delicate execution and humane phrasing’ while the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praises Fatma Said as Pamina and Yasmin Özkan as the Queen of the Night.

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: German (original language), Italian, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 173 mins

“This is one of those performances which it is easy to criticise on many points, which yet overcomes its faults because it is overall so intensely alive and life-giving…Fischer, perhaps the leading Mozart interpreter of our time, clearly inspires all his players and singers with his extremely idiosyncratic style…Fatma Said’s Pamina…both looks and sounds exquisite, perhaps the best performance of the role I have ever seen.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2017 ****

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Anton Dermota (Tamino), Irmgard Seefried (Pamina), Erich Kunz (Papageno), Wilma Lipp (Queen of the Night), Emmy Loose (Papagena), Ludwig Weber (Sarastro), Peter Klein (Monostatos), George London (Speaker), Sena Jurinac, Friedl Riegler, Else Schurhof (Three Ladies), Erich Majkut, Harald Proglhoff (Two Priests), Hermine Steinmassi, Eleonore Dorpinghans, Annelies Stuckl (Three Boys)

Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien & Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

In 1946, the legendary producer Walter Legge went to Vienna for what turned out to be a momentous meeting with Herbert von Karajan. It led to many treasurable recordings, among them this version of of Die Zauberflöte, made in 1950. With a cast including such singers as Irmgard Seefried, Sena Jurinac, Anton Dermota and Erich Kunz, it evokes a golden era for Mozart in Vienna.

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Live from the Salzburg Festival 1982


Edita Gruberova (Königin der Nacht), Peter Schreier (Tamino), Christian Boesch (Papageno), Ileana Cotrubas (Pamina), Edda Moser (Erste Dame), Ann Murray (Zweite Dame), Ingrid Mayr (Dritte Dame), Martti Talvela (Sarastro), Horst Hiestermann (Monostatos), Gudrun Sieber (Papagena)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, James Levine (conductor) & Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (stage director)

This production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received enormous and unanimous approval when it was premiered in Salzburg. The theatre wizard Jean-Pierre Ponnelle created a staging which became part and parcel of the festival programme for over nine years and soon acquired the status of a legend. Of course, none of that would have had the same appeal if it had not been in accord with Mozart’s music, performed with perfect blend of lightness and pathos, humour and profundity, by James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Nor would it all have worked without a truly Festival-worthy cast of singers: the Finnish bass Martti Talvela, who departed way too soon in 1989, in his famous role as Sarastro, the incomparable Edita Gruberová as “the best-ever Queen of the Night” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the legendary Tamino Peter Schreier as well as the petite, lyrical soprano Ileana Cotrubaș as Pamina. Further, Christian Boesch, who sang the role of his life with Papageno, was credited most for his performance in this legendary Zauberflöte.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: DE

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 189 mins

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Live from the Salzburg Festival 1982


Edita Gruberova (Königin der Nacht), Peter Schreier (Tamino), Christian Boesch (Papageno), Ileana Cotrubas (Pamina), Edda Moser (Erste Dame), Ann Murray (Zweite Dame), Ingrid Mayr (Dritte Dame), Martti Talvela (Sarastro), Horst Hiestermann (Monostatos), Gudrun Sieber (Papagena)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, James Levine (conductor) & Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (stage director)

This production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received enormous and unanimous approval when it was premiered in Salzburg. The theatre wizard Jean-Pierre Ponnelle created a staging which became part and parcel of the festival programme for over nine years and soon acquired the status of a legend. Of course, none of that would have had the same appeal if it had not been in accord with Mozart’s music, performed with perfect blend of lightness and pathos, humour and profundity, by James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Nor would it all have worked without a truly Festival-worthy cast of singers: the Finnish bass Martti Talvela, who departed way too soon in 1989, in his famous role as Sarastro, the incomparable Edita Gruberová as “the best-ever Queen of the Night” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the legendary Tamino Peter Schreier as well as the petite, lyrical soprano Ileana Cotrubaș as Pamina. Further, Christian Boesch, who sang the role of his life with Papageno, was credited most for his performance in this legendary Zauberflöte.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: DE

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 189 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, January 1962


Richard Lewis (Tamino), Geraint Evans (Papageno), Joan Sutherland (Königin der Nacht), Hans Hotter (Sprecher), Joan Carlyle (Pamina), David Kelly (Sarastro), Robert Bowman (Monostatos), Jenifer Eddy (Papagena), Edgar Evans (1er Geharnischter), Victor Godfrey (2er Geharnischter), Judith Pierce (Erste Dame), Josephine Veasey (Zweite Dame), Monica Sinclair (Dritte Dame), Margaret Neville (Erster Knabe), Ann Hood (Zweiter Knabe), Marian Roberts (Dritter Knabe), John Dobson (Erster Priester), Ronald Lewis (Zweiter Priester)

Covent Garden, Otto Klemperer

This largely British cast – the one exception being Hans Hotter as the Speaker – was very much the resident company at Covent Garden in the early sixties and even Hotter was a regular guest there. The star of the evening was Geraint Evans as Papageno, whose interpretation of the role was already very familiar but who rose to new heights of excellence on this occasion. David Cairns, writing in The Spectator said of him: ‘Geraint Evans’s Papageno – inspired even for him – is an unending delight, radiating humanity, mercurial, dark-eyed, unpredictable, brilliantly funny, always drawing the attention without ever stealing the scene...’. In addition to Evans, the performer who received the most praise was Joan Carlyle, a member of the company since 1955, who was performing Pamina for the first time. David Cairns reported that her singing was ‘pure, sensitive and strong and that her acting repeatedly touched the heart by its sureness and sincerity.’ Indeed, in the years that followed she established herself as a major star of the company in a wide variety of roles. Hans Hotter also made a strong impact in the brief but important role of the Speaker of the Temple. Superbly sung, his was a performance of complete musical and dramatic accomplishment.

Harold Rosenthal felt that for an artist of his calibre to undertake such a small role spoke volumes for his integrity, and the fact that he treated it with as much care and dignity, as if he were singing Wotan, was an object lesson for every member of the local company. Of the other principals, Richard Lewis repeated his familiar and pleasingly well-sung Tamino and the two pairs of men: John Dobson and Ronald Lewis (Two Priests) and Edgar Evans and Victor Godfrey (Two Armed Men), all veterans of the resident company, contributed first class performances.

“Here we have the real theatrical experience. It's not perfect, of course. Klemperer's speeds, which are much as on the later recording, caused problems here and there...Carlyle never puts a foot wrong...Lewis sings a lovely ardent Portrait aria...Evans, in complete command of the audience, is funny and touching...I listened with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“there’s no denying that the 76-year-old Klemperer’s interpretation could sometimes do with a lighter spring in its step. But his leisurely approach and careful balancing allow details of texture, often obscured, to stand out. He gets committed performances, too, from the largely British cast.” Sunday Times, 26th April 2015

“this mono recording of the opening night, remastered from BBC tapes, shows how much higher vocal expectations must have been half a century ago, for by today’s standards much of it sounds very good indeed. Klemperer’s conducting is certainly rather staid and heavyweight...But there’s an honesty about the performance that’s totally convincing.” The Guardian, 23rd April 2015 ***

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Live from The Ludwigsburger Schlosstheater, 1992


Ulrike Sonntag (Pamina), Deon Van Der Walt (Tamino), Thomas Mohr (Papageno), Patrizia Rozario (Papagena) & Cornelius Hauptmann (Sarastro)

Orchestra And Chorus Of The Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Wolfgang Gönnenwein (conductor) & Axel Manthey (stage director)

It was certainly remarkable that only a year after all the Mozart anniversary performances in 1991, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele decided on a Magic Flute production. The premiere of the production recorded here took place on 26 August 1992. This was no easy task for director Axel Manthey and conductor Wolfgang Gönnenwein. With clear, naïve images combined with a beautiful, dramatic play of colours, Manthey succeeds in teasing out the different aspects of this opera. The larger-than-life symbols (snake, lightning, tree) also help with this. The singers Deon van der Walt, Ulrike Sonntag, Thomas Mohr and Patrizia Rozario give a thrilling performance, which convinces musically as well as through their intensive acting.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), FR, GB, ES, JP

Running Time: 147 mins

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Pavol Breslik (Tamino), Kate Royal (Pamina), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Sarastro), Ana Durlovski (Queen of the Night), Michael Nagy (Papageno), Regula Mühlemann (Papagena), Annick Massis (First Lady), Magdalena Kožená (Second Lady), Nathalie Stutzmann (Third Lady), José van Dam (Speaker), James Elliott (Monostatos), Benjamin Hulett (First Priest), Jonathan Lemalu (Second Priest), Andreas Schager (First Armoured Man), David Jerusalem (Second Armoured Man)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

“There are some pieces which are so brilliantly successful and so immediately popular that people tend to forget how extraordinary they are. But let’s not forget what a raging masterpiece Mozart’s Magic Flute is and how different it was from anything anybody had done before – even Mozart.” Sir Simon Rattle

The Financial Times spoke of a “top-drawer cast”: “Pavol Breslik is all you could wish for in a Tamino, Michael Nagy’s Papageno is charismatic and lithe, Kate Royal gives Pamina subtle complexity as well as grace.” Then there is all the magic of new beginnings that comes with this Easter Festival, which took place in Baden-Baden for the first time, opening a new chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. And there is yet another first connected to this performance: the orchestra had never performed the opera live before. Only three studio recordings – under Sir Thomas Beecham in the 30s, in the 60s with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan in the 80s – were previously released. This great recording tradition is now continued with this new DVD.

Please Note: JAPAN, CHINA & HONG KONG - For contractual reasons, we have been asked not to sell this product to customers in Japan, China and Hong Kong. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

Playing time: 163 mins (performance), 43 mins (bonus)

Sound format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Carsen’s staging and Michael Levine’s sets are stamped with strong contrasts ...though they still don’t find the most persuasive means of presenting the opera’s ingredients...Rattle’s speeds are occasionally too fast, but his phrasings and details are bright and bouncy...Solid performances at the top keep the lyric drama alive.” The Times, 27th September 2013 ****

“Think Eros and Thanatos; think the battle between life, love and death...You need quite a pool of literary reference for this production which, although it's as thoughtful and searching as Carsen's work often tends to be, is short on any sense of real enchantment or wonder.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 **

“[Rattle's] speeds are generally on the fast side but he allows the singers plenty of expressive leeway...Do give this a try if you’re after a thought-provoking new perspective on the Flute: the balance of dark and light is masterly, and it sounds and looks gorgeous!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 21st October 2013

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Pavol Breslik (Tamino), Kate Royal (Pamina), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Sarastro), Ana Durlovski (Queen of the Night), Michael Nagy (Papageno), Regula Mühlemann (Papagena), Annick Massis (First Lady), Magdalena Kožená (Second Lady), Nathalie Stutzmann (Third Lady), José van Dam (Speaker), James Elliott (Monostatos), Benjamin Hulett (First Priest), Jonathan Lemalu (Second Priest), Andreas Schager (First Armoured Man), David Jerusalem (Second Armoured Man)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

“There are some pieces which are so brilliantly successful and so immediately popular that people tend to forget how extraordinary they are. But let’s not forget what a raging masterpiece Mozart’s Magic Flute is and how different it was from anything anybody had done before – even Mozart.” Sir Simon Rattle

The Financial Times spoke of a “top-drawer cast”: “Pavol Breslik is all you could wish for in a Tamino, Michael Nagy’s Papageno is charismatic and lithe, Kate Royal gives Pamina subtle complexity as well as grace.” Then there is all the magic of new beginnings that comes with this Easter Festival, which took place in Baden-Baden for the first time, opening a new chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. And there is yet another first connected to this performance: the orchestra had never performed the opera live before. Only three studio recordings – under Sir Thomas Beecham in the 30s, in the 60s with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan in the 80s – were previously released. This great recording tradition is now continued with this new Blu-ray.

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

Playing time: 163 mins (performance), 43 mins (bonus)

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Please Note: JAPAN, CHINA & HONG KONG - For contractual reasons, we have been asked not to sell this product to customers in Japan, China and Hong Kong. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

“Think Eros and Thanatos; think the battle between life, love and death...You need quite a pool of literary reference for this production which, although it's as thoughtful and searching as Carsen's work often tends to be, is short on any sense of real enchantment or wonder.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 **

“[Rattle's] speeds are generally on the fast side but he allows the singers plenty of expressive leeway...Do give this a try if you’re after a thought-provoking new perspective on the Flute: the balance of dark and light is masterly, and it sounds and looks gorgeous!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 21st October 2013

“Carsen’s staging and Michael Levine’s sets are stamped with strong contrasts ...though they still don’t find the most persuasive means of presenting the opera’s ingredients...Rattle’s speeds are occasionally too fast, but his phrasings and details are bright and bouncy...Solid performances at the top keep the lyric drama alive.” The Times, 27th September 2013 ****

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Deon Van Der Walt (Tamino), Anton Scharinger (Papageno), Ruth Ziesak (Pamina), Luciana Serra (Königin der Nacht), René Pape (Sarastro), Franz Grundheber (Sprecher), Heinz Zednik (Monostatos), Edith Schmid-Lienbacher (Papagena), Wolfgang Schmidt, Hans Franzen (Zwei Geharnischten), Inga Nielsen, Iris Vermillon, Jard van Nes (Drei Damen), Members of the Tölzer Singerknaben (Drei Knaben)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Recorded live at La Teatro alla Scala, 20 March, 2011


Günther Groissböck (Sarastro), Saimir Pirgu (Tamino), Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night), Genia Kühmeier (Pamina), Ailish Tynan (Papagena), Alex Esposito (Papageno) & Peter Bronder (Monostatos)

Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala & Choir of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Roland Böer (conductor) & William Kentridge (stage director)

From the Queen of the Night's vocal pyrotechnics to Papageno's chirpy birdsongs, The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most charming and engaging operas. However, its fairytale surface conceals the mysteries of an initiation ritual and a multi-layered plot, packed with allegories to fire up the imagination.

This celebrated production by artist William Kentridge joyfully bursts onto the stage of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, featuring the dazzling Russian coloratura Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night, and Italian bass Alex Esposito as Papageno, one of the most sought after artists of his generation.

Extra features:

Overview of the Magic Flute

Cast gallery

Running time 150 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/IT

“This is a wonderful performance...I was more moved and enchanted by this than by any other Magic Flute I have seen on DVD...[Esposito's Papageno] sung with glorious abandon, while his acting strikes notes of pathos...Kuhmeier is as expressive as it's possible to be, without transgressing Mozart's idiom...The most sensational performance is by [Shagimuratova], the finest Queen of the Night I have ever heard...This is a noble, ennobling achievement.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012

“It is world-worthy; the conception, by South African artist William Kentridge, emphasizes the concepts of light and dark, exploration and love...It's endlessly good to look at...Musically, there is also much to admire...Esposito's Papageno is a well-sung charmer - more serious than many, deeply sincere...this is a fascinating take on the work that Flute aficionados will appreciate for plenty of reasons.” International Record Review, March 2012

“It is very much 'producer's opera' and it will annoy some people. I found it fascinating...Lively musical direction, incorporating Rene Jacobs's superfluous keyboard interjections. Don't miss this visually enchanting and thought-provoking treat.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

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