Author: Unitel

“The Magic Flute” staged by Lydia Steier, Constantinos Carydis conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker.

  • Lydia Steier, Constantinos Carydis | Copyright: © Sandra Then, Thomas Brill

    Lydia Steier, Constantinos Carydis © Sandra Then, Thomas Brill

One of the most beloved operas of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute) will open this year’s Salzburg Festival in a new staging by American director Lydia Steier. The two-time nominee for the prestigious FAUST award gives her Salzburg Festival debut with a fresh take on the classic “Zauberflöte”.

The Wiener Philharmoniker and the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor are led by critically acclaimed conductor Constantinos Carydis, of whom the “Frankfurter Rundschau” says: “He is wide awake as a performer, operating at the limits and giving shape even to the smallest musical phrase.” Set in the gigantic moveable set pieces by stage designer Katharina Schlipf, which take up the entire vast stage of the Großes Festspielhaus and depict a bourgeois Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century, Steier presents Mozart’s opera like a fairy tale. She introduces the role of the grandfather, who will narrate the story of Tamino’s quest to rescue Pamina to his three grandchildren.

He will be played by Bruno Ganz, one of the most prominent figures in German language film today. Among the excellent cast are Matthias Goerne as Sarastro and Albina Shagimuratova as Queen of the Night. Mauro Peter will perform as Tamino, with Christiane Karg as his Pamina. The audience favourites Papageno and Papagena will be played by Adam Plachetka and Maria Nazarova.

Live from the Großes Festspielhaus on 4th August 2018.

A co-production of ORF, ZDF/ARTE and UNITEL



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