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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte


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  • Actors: Julia Kleiter, Elena Mosuc, Christoph Strehl, Gabriel Bermudez, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Directors: Martin Kusej
  • Writers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder
  • Producers: Opernhaus Zurich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 226 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V9B7Q6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mozart: Die Zauberflöte" on IMDb

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael Birman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2008
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Mozart was already ill when The Magic Flute was produced in October 1791. His final opera is really a singspiel or song play, with spoken rather than sung dialog. The libretto, such as it is, was written by Emanuel Schikaneder, Mozart's friend and fellow Freemason. He is variously described as an actor, a theatrical entrepreneur and a vaudvillian. Quite a resume! His libretto would have disappeared from history if not for the fact that its score was written by music's most universal genius. The plot involves some Masonic symbolism, some low key magic, a few special effects and lots of low comedy. But mostly it is a paean to conjugal love. I confess that I've never quite understood this strange and confusing libretto, but the music is a paradigm of serene, unearthly beauty. A mere six weeks before his death, Mozart was once again reinventing his art: creating a fusion of Bachian counterpoint with childlike simplicity, the result hinting at the sacred music he might have produced had he lived to be Kapellmeister at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.

This latest European re-imagining of a classic opera, directed by Martin Kusej and featuring the Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, is a splendid performance that was taped from a live television broadcast. Director Kusej, in the 45 minute bonus behind the scenes film on disc one, complains of "fuddy-duddy performances of opera, such as directed by Zeffirelli." Ouch! His intention to avoid such old-style productions is successful. The set represents a combination of a labyrinth and a modern building lobby. It rotates on the stage while cleverly designed moveable walls constantly produce new shapes so that no architectural space duplicates any other. Props are primarily light industrial and are inventively used.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 14, 2008
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The singing is splendid. Rubin Drole as Papagano is a new and wonderful discovery in the opera universe. The entire set is a dull gray "labryinth". OK, that symbolism is understandable, but would reviewers giving this recording 5 stars please explain why the Queen of the Night enters through a refrigerator?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ever hopeful on August 3, 2010
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as with many viewers I really enjoy modern reworkings of 'classical' operas, but at times Martin Kusej seems to have been deliberately perverse or downright careless, especially in act one

first the blessings: a Pamina well worth respecting (Julia Kleiter); probably the best Papageno on disc to date (Ruben Drole); an excellent Sarastro (Matti Salominen) even though badly supported by the staging of his first scene; a very fine Queen of the Night (Elena Mosuc) but ditto as to the staging; when the three boys finally make their appearance, more of this in a moment, some beautiful singing; and a fine chorus: much of the spoken text left in and acted rather than shunted aside as quickly as possible; and a second act that underscores the depth of the rituals Tamino (a somewhat underwhelming Christoph Strehl) must endure, and the important presence Sarastro and Pamina add to the proceedings

but the first act!!!!!! the indignity forced on Pamina and Tamino having to freeze in front of the curtain throughout the overture (over six minutes!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David on July 1, 2008
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As one who owns 15 different interpretations of this opera I find this one musically the best. Iagree with everything everyone else has said including the fact that Harnoncourt is the supreme star of the performance ... his interpretation of the music is ... in my opinion ... prerfection.

BUT there is one exception I have to make in my review ... THE THREE BOYS ... they were the VERY BEST EVER!!!! No one has eulogised over their stunning performances.

Each of their three very different voices blends to give a sublime harmony culminating in the sublime quartet contrasting with the female soprano of Parmina.

Buy this and you will never listen to any other interpretation. It would be wonderful to have a CD version of this

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