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Mozart: The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera)


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  • Actors: Ying Huang, Nathan Gunn, Matthew Polenzani, René Pape, James Levine
  • Directors: Julie Taymor, Gary Halvorson
  • Writers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Classical
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00579EKW8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,577 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The inaugural broadcast of the Peabody and Emmy®-award winning series The Met Live in HD.

The Magic Flute has delighted audiences of all ages for centuries. Julie Taymor's dazzling English-language production brings one of Mozart s greatest works to life as never before.

James Levine leads a cast that includes Ying Huang as Pamina in her Met debut, Nathan Gunn, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa and Rene Papa.

Taken from the December 30, 2006 live performance.

Customer Reviews

Highly recommended for an introduction to opera for kids.
Big Al from Montana
A great production with all the sets and costumes well developed and true to characters that are well defined and well played!
Victoria Graw
The DVD is upgraded to full HD so nice crisp images and Dolby sound.
PK

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By WestSider851 on March 21, 2009
Format: DVD
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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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By PK on 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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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence D. Devoe on December 27, 2008
Format: DVD
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By W. J. Yoder on October 15, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nightingale1951 on December 3, 2011
Format: DVD
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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