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Berliner Philharmoniker

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass Baritone (Sarastro)

Pavol Breslik (7.4.) Tenor (Tamino)

Ana Durlovski (replacing Simone Kermes) Soprano (The Queen of Night)

Kate Royal Soprano (Pamina)

Michael Nagy Baritone (Papageno)

Benjamin Hulett (5.4.) Tenor (Tamino)

Regula Mühlemann Soprano (Papagena)

James Elliott Tenor (Monostatos)

Annick Massis Sopran (1st Lady)

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (2nd Lady)

Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto (3rd Lady)

Andreas Schager Tenor (1st Armoured Man)

David Jerusalem Bass Baritone (2nd Armoured Man)

Andreas Schager (5.4.) Tenor (1st Priest)

Benjamin Hulett (7.4.) Tenor (1st Priest)

Jonathan Lemalu Bass Baritone (2nd Priest)

José van Dam Bariton (Speaker)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute Concert Performance


Fri, 05 Apr 2013 6 p.m.


Non-subscription concert

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 6 p.m.


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!”

This performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of their chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and with an exquisite ensemble of international soloists will be a highlight of the 2012/2013 season, and not only for opera fans!

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