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Mozart the Magic Flute (2006)

Matthew Polenzani , Julie Taymor  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Polenzani
  • Directors: Julie Taymor
  • Format: Color, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Metropolitan Opera
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MSC61A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The Magic Flute on DVD! Experience Julie Taymor's breathtaking production of Mozart's timeless operatic fairy tale in an abridged, English-language presentation for families. This newly released DVD of Taymor's staging was featured as the inaugural transmission of the Met's Emmy Award-winning Live in HD series in 2006. Conducted by Met Music Director James Levine, the 110-minute production, with English translation by J.D. McClatchy, was created to appeal to music lovers of all ages. Heading the cast are Ying Huang as Pamina, Erika Miklósa as Queen of the Night, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, and René Pape as Sarastro.

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for education! March 21, 2009
First, let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of this production. I saw it live at the Met at the premier performance and was absolutely thrilled. This very fresh, imaginative staging brings this extraordinary Mozart masterpiece to life.

As an elementary school music educator, I have used this HD performance in the classroom as an introduction to the genre. We spend a few classes studying the story and discussing what opera is so that the students understand everything, and then show the film. They absolutely love it! With top-notch artistry, it is an invaluable resource.

It is important to note that this is a cut version of the opera sung in English. If you're looking for the original sung in German, this is not the item for you.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the 2006 Recording not last years!!!! September 2, 2011
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Can't understand why anyone would write a review give the DVD 5 stars yet not actually view the DVD and then give what they think is an educated synopsis of the Opera?

Never mind!

Back to the DVD, new release of the above said version and long awaited by many. The production is the English language version of Julie Taymor's hit production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, it is a visual as well as audio spectacular. The DVD is upgraded to full HD so nice crisp images and Dolby sound.

Conducted by Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine, the main cast includes Ying Huang as Pamina, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, and René Pape as Sarastro, the true outstanding stars of this performance are Erika Miklósa as Queen of the Night with a wonderful rendition of the the Queen of the Night aria but Nathan Gunn as Papageno absolutely stole the show with his comic portrayal of his role.

Lovely abridged version of Mozart's Magic Flute in English.

Region 1, so only viewable on multi region DVD players or Blu Ray players in the UK.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I wanted magic and I got it!(mostly)" December 27, 2008
This is the much anticipated release of the first HD broadcast by the Met from 2 years ago. I saw it in the theater and was overwhelmed by the spectacular effects and, although I am not a big fan of abridged works as well as works not done in the original language, these concerns were dispelled by this production. It continues to play well on second and third viewings-something I cannot say for all video opera productions. With the exception of Rene Pape, none of the principal performers are operatic household names although, Nathan Gunn, a relative newcomer, steals the show as Papageno. Close seconds are Greg Fedderly (Monostatos) and Jennifer Aylmer (Papagena).
While the whole show is largely enjoyable, there are some caveats for diehard opera fans. The principal female roles of Pamina and Queen of the Night are somewhat disappointing both in their characterization and delivery of their big arias. Matthew Polezani (Tamino) is not a very interesting performer in this production; his stiffness in this role is in sharp contrast to the dynamic performance of Nathan Gunn.
The surround soundtrack lacks ambience and crispness.
These caveats aside, I think that most viewers will enjoy this version for its showmanship, humor (it is after all a comic opera), and visual impact.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart a la Asia October 15, 2011
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My first viewing left me agasp as I longed for a more traditional presentation; however the second viewing ciptivated me completely and I decided that this is what must happen to opera if it is to survive this generation and on to the next. Julie Taymor's creative interpretation is absolutely stunning. I still prefer to hear "Magic Flute" in the original German; but many are turned off by not being able to understand without reading the sub-titles. Nathan Gunn (Papageno) is a delight in one of my favorite operatic characters. Erika Miklosa (the Queen of the Night) is superb, particularly her appearances at the inventive hands of Taymor. Pape, Huang and Polenzani are all excellent as they transform one from a sterile Vienese Masonic setting into an atmosphere somewhere west of Tokyo. Thank God Monostatos is not depicted as black. Although I despise tampering with the classics to make them politically acceptable to the post modern mind-set, making this villain something other than black is a most pleasant departure. It's all delightful.
Levine's direction is wonderful, but his declining health is notable.
The Meptropolitan Opera's attempt under Gelb and Halverson to make opera accessible to skeptical twenty-first century minds is honorable and successful.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opera for the next generation December 3, 2011
As an elementary school music teacher, I was blown away by this stunning version of Mozart's masterpiece, "The Magic Flute," with the amazing atmosphere and stage/scenery/costume effects. The extraordinary vision of this wonderful work as presented by the New York Met and Julie Taymore cannot be praised highly enough. This has been a wonderful teaching tool for me as it completely destroys children's preconceived ideas about opera which are mostly gained from cartoon caricatures or comedy routines. Virtually without exception, my students have hung on the actions and singing of the characters. Since it is too long to see in one class period, I split it and my students are always reluctant to leave and beg me to show it next time. This is how we will hook the next generation on classical music. From my own point of view as an adult and music professional, I could watch this any number of times (and will!) While all the stars are wonderful, the Queen of the Night (Erika Miklos) is this generation's Wicked Witch of the West with miraculous vocal performances and the air of menace and threat which she gives off. But Nathan Gunn, as Papageno, is without a doubt one of the best performers who ever sang the role. Not only is he musically superior, but his incandescent acting talent and comedic instincts are spot on. The first meeting between him and Monostatos was one of the high points of the performance in terms of the humorous side of this opera. The fact this production is in English with English subtitles and is condensed makes it a real asset with which to teach. And it is so well done, that while one may miss some parts of the arias, the essentials are all there, intact. As you can see, I loved it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Best"!
Published 2 months ago by Marta Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVI!
Well done - my middle school students asked to watch it again! That says so much about this production - middle school students into opera - yeah!!!
Published 3 months ago by Nana
1.0 out of 5 stars The Nutspielhaus
If this is representative of the Met's productions I'll avoid them like the plague.

There's bad and there's worse. This is worse. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Operatic Fanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Opera for Children.
My seven year old granddaughter watched it we me and she has not stopped singing and want to be the Queen of the Night. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hoyt Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart. The Magic Flut(Metropolitan Opera
Usual high standard of production and performance. A gift for overseas fans. Only quibble is the cost of postage = the purchase price !
Published 6 months ago by Pamela E. Ireland Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to the "real" Magic Flute.
I am showing this to my budding opera fans as a starting point. It is also great for children. Perhaps after viewing this version, they will "graduate" to a more... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jacqueline Pitts
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production
This DVD is equally enjoyable for children and adults. Beautiful production of the Magic Flute by the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Published 7 months ago by Irene
4.0 out of 5 stars i ADORE the production.
I adore the production and have seen it on TV.
HOwever, this disc did NOT include the "table of Contents and listing of scenes" that I expected. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lois
5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful! Full of great characters!
A great production with all the sets and costumes well developed and true to characters that are well defined and well played! Great performances throughout! Bravo!
Published 8 months ago by Victoria Graw
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine performance
A first-rate production -- but not quite to my taste. It was produced on the stage of Metropolitan Opera, which is absolutely huge -- better suited, in my opinion, to grandiose... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Plotz
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