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The Magic Flute

Venue: Deutsche Oper Berlin

 
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Bismarckstraße 35
10627 Berlin
 
 
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The Magic Flute
Sat 08 July 2017
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Prince Tamino is menaced by a wild dragon. At the last moment he is saved by three mysterious women, who have been sent by the Queen of the Night. When the bird catcher Papageno appears and boasts of his heroic deed as dragon slayer, the three ladies punish him. They present the Prince with a picture of Pamina, the Queen's daughter, who has been imprisoned by Sarastro, Regent of the Sun Temple. Tamino falls in love with her. The Queen appears in person and orders him to join forces with Papageno to save Pamina. They give Tamino a magic flute for protection and the reluctant Pagageno receives a glockenspiel of magical chimes. Led by three boys, the two heroes begin their journey to Sarastro's castle. Tamino is twice prevented from entering by the gatekeepers. At the third attempt they inform him that Sarastro is nothing like the cruel tyrant that the Queen of the Night has made him out to be. Papageno finds Pamina and tries to escape with her. He is able to stall her guard Monostatos with the help of the chimes, but the appearance of Sarastro puts an end to all attempts to flee. Papageno, Pamina and Tamino are compelled to stay in Sarastro's temple and submit to a series of life-threatening trials. First of all they have to learn to be silent, which is especially difficult for Papageno. When an old woman passes, Papageno cannot restrain himself and asks her what her name is. She disappears in a clap of thunder. Papageno consoles himself with the food that is so miraculously served to them. Tamino keeps silent, playing on his flute. Pamina appears, in deep despair that Tamino is no longer talking to her. Her mother has already entreated her in vain to murder Sarastro. When she decides to end her life the three boys seize her dagger and lead her to Tamino. Protected by the flute, both of them pass the ordeals of fire and water, and have now successfully completed all the trials. Meanwhile Papageno, in his great loneliness, conjures up the old woman again and promises to marry her, »if there's nothing better to be had«. All of a sudden she is transformed into a beautiful young girl, but their time has not yet come and she is taken from him again. In his despair he decides to end his life, but the three boys remind him of the magic chimes. Their tinkling brings back Papagena, and the reunion sets them both dreaming of a happy future together. The other pair is happy, too: Tamino and Pamina are inducted into the Society of the Enlightened, which celebrates the ideals of Nature, Wisdom and Reason. Only for the Queen of the Night does the story take a turn for the worse: when she attempts to enter the temple along with her entourage she is devoured by the spirits of darkness.

Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE is the most frequently performed opera in the German-speaking world. This variegated masterpiece straddling Viennese popular theatre, fairytale, myth and the mystery of freemasonry is a puzzle even today: did Mozart and his librettist Schikaneder switch horses in mid-stream, changing allegiance from the Queen of the Night to Sarastro? Should one not distrust the holier-than-thou world of the priests and an ideology that divides the world into good and evil? Are there not traces, even, of discrepancies between text and music, as many a Mozart expert has suggested? Whatever the facts of the matter, it is the music that smooths the contradictions of the plot, elevating them to a worldly realism. The music does not denounce the characters but rather confers on the conflicts an existential dimension. Without this dimension the opera would come over as an irrational fairytale.

 
Program details
 

Conductor: Ido Arad 
Daniel Cohen (13.12.2016 | 07.01.2017 | 24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017)
Director: Günter Krämer 
Stage-design, Costume-design: Andreas Reinhardt 
Choir Conductor: Thomas Richter 
Sarastro: Tobias Kehrer 
Tamino: Matthew Newlin 
Attilio Glaser (13.12.2016 | 08.07.2017)
Speaker: Stephen Bronk 
Derek Welton (13.12.2016 | 07.01.2017)
Noel Bouley (24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017 | 08.07.2017)
1st priest: Thomas Lehman 
John Carpenter (16.11.2016 | 13.12.2016 | 07.01.2017)
Stephen Bronk (24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017 | 08.07.2017)
2nd priest: Jörg Schörner 
Paul Kaufmann (16.11.2016 | 13.12.2016)
Queen of the Night: Hulkar Sabirova 
Lisa Mostin (16.11.2016)
Tuuli Takala (13.12.2016 | 22.04.2017)
Pamina: Elena Tsallagova 
Siobhan Stagg (16.11.2016 | 13.12.2016 | 07.01.2017)
Heidi Stober (24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017 | 08.07.2017)
1st lady: Federica Lombardi 
Adriana Ferfezka (13.12.2016 | 07.01.2017 | 22.04.2017)
2nd lady: Annika Schlicht 
Irene Roberts (13.12.2016 | 22.04.2017)
Abigail Levis (07.01.2017)
Jana Kurucová (08.07.2017)
3rd lady: Judit Kutasi 
Ronnita Miller (24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017 | 08.07.2017)
Papagena: Alexandra Hutton 
Meechot Marrero (24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017 | 08.07.2017)
Papageno: Markus Brück 
Simon Pauly (16.11.2016 | 07.01.2017 | 24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017 | 08.07.2017)
Monostatos: Burkhard Ulrich 
Gideon Poppe (13.12.2016 | 07.01.2017)
James Kryshak (24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017 | 08.07.2017)
1st armoured man: Robert Watson 
Clemens Bieber (16.11.2016 | 07.01.2017 | 24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017 | 08.07.2017)
2nd armoured man: Alexei Botnarciuc 
Andrew Harris (24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017 | 08.07.2017)
Three boys: Solisten des Tölzer Knabenchores 
Solisten des Knabenchores der Chorakademie Dortmund (24.03.2017 | 22.04.2017 | 08.07.2017)


Chorus: Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin 
Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin 

 
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The Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany. The resident building is the country's second largest opera house and also home to the Berlin State Ballet.

The company's history goes back to the Deutsches Opernhaus built by the then independent city of Charlottenburg—the "richest town of Prussia"—according to plans designed by Heinrich Seeling from 1911. It opened on November 7, 1912 with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, conducted by Ignatz Waghalter. After the incorporation of Charlottenburg by the 1920 Greater Berlin Act, the name of the resident building was changed to Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera) in 1925.

Deutsches Opernhaus, 1912
With the Nazi Machtergreifung in 1933, the opera was under control of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Minister Joseph Goebbels had the name changed back to Deutsches Opernhaus, competing with the Berlin State Opera in Mitte controlled by his rival, the Prussian minister-president Hermann Göring. In 1935, the building was remodeled by Paul Baumgarten and the seating reduced from 2300 to 2098. Carl Ebert, the pre-World War II general manager, chose to emigrate from Germany rather than endorse the Nazi view of music, and went on to co-found the Glyndebourne opera festival in England. He was replaced by Max von Schillings, who acceded to enact works of "unalloyed German character". Several artists, like the conductor Fritz Stiedry or the singer Alexander Kipnis followed Ebert into emigration. The opera house was destroyed by a RAF air raid on 23 November 1943. Performances continued at the Admiralspalast in Mitte until 1945. Ebert returned as general manager after the war.

After the war, the company in what was now West Berlin used the nearby building of the Theater des Westens until the opera house was rebuilt. The sober design by Fritz Bornemann was completed on 24 September 1961. The opening production was Mozart's Don Giovanni. The new building opened with the current name.

 
 
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