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Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Pavol Breslik Tenor (Tamino)

Ana Durlovski Soprano (The Queen of Night)

Kate Royal Soprano (Pamina)

Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass Baritone (Sarastro)

Michael Nagy Baritone (Papageno)

Regula Mühlemann Soprano (Papagena)

James Elliott Tenor (Monostatos)

Annick Massis Soprano (1st Lady)

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (2nd Lady)

Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto (3rd Lady)

Andreas Schager Tenor (1st Armoured Man)

David Jerusalem Bassbariton (2nd Armoured Man)

Benjamin Hulett Tenor (1st Priest)

Jonathan Lemalu Bass (2nd Priest)

José van Dam Baritone (Speaker)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Robert Carsen Director

Baden-Baden Easter Festival

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute


Sat, 23 Mar 2013 6 p.m.

Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 6 p.m.

Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus

Fri, 29 Mar 2013 6 p.m.

Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus

Mon, 01 Apr 2013 6 p.m.

Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus

Live Broadcast


Singspiel, magical extravaganza, popular theatre, mystery play, didactic theatre, parable – Mozart’s final stage work has been assigned to the widest range of theatrical forms. No surprise, given that the libretto from the hand of the composer’s actor friend and impresario Emanuel Schikaneder is a conglomeration of various sources: The tale Lulu oder die Zauberflöte from a collection of fairytale by Christoph Martin Wieland, Paul Wranitzsky’s opera Oberon, the Egyptian novel Séthos by the French Abbé Jean Terrasson and many other works, they could all be seen as inspiration for Schikaneder’s libretto.

An opera entitled Kaspar der Fagottist oder Die Zauberzither, premiered three months before the Magic Flute in Vienna, even caused Schikaneder to make significant changes to the piece while he was writing it, as the similarities were too great. Mozart’s music has also long been subsumed among the numerous inconsistencies of the libretto – unjustly, as no other than Richard Wagner recognised: for what “did Mozart built on this strange adventurous basis! What divine magic wafts through this work, from the most popular songs to the most sublime of hymns! What versatility, what diversity! What simple yet elegant popularity in every melody, from the simplest to the most powerful!”

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Festspielhaus und Festspiele Baden-Baden gGmbH

Beim Alten Bahnhof 2

Phone: +49 7221 30 13 101

Fax: +49 7221 30 13 211



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