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Mozart - The Magic Flute / Ostman, Biel, Dahlberg, Drottningholm Court Theatre

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Libretto by EMANUEL SCHIKANEDER

Tamino: STEFAN DAHLBERG
Pamina: ANN CHRISTINE BIEL
Papageno: MIKAEL SAMUELSON
Sarastro: LÁSZLÓ POLGÁR
Queen of the Night: BIRGIT LOUISE FRANDSEN
Monostatos: MAGNUS KHYLE
Papagena: BIRGITTA LARSSON
Three Ladies: ANITA SOLDH, LINNÉA SALLAY, INGER BLOM
Three Boys: ELISABETH BERG, ANN CHRISTINE LARSSON, ANNA TOMSON

Following the death of Pamina's father, her mother, the Queen of the Night, has lost her powers; her dying husband passed the sevenfold circle of the sun on to Sarastro, High Priest of the Temple of Wisdom . However she refuses to submit to the leadership of Sarastro and his followers and is determined to regain her power. To pre-empt her, Sarastro has kidnapped Pamina, the actual heiress of the Sun King. This wonderful production demonstrates Mozarts immerse skill in producing a wide variety of genres and styles. .

Kultur is proud to present Mozart from the intimate setting of Sweden's Drottningholm Court Theatre, dating back to 1766, providing a perfect stage for these operas and featuring excellent casts and superb directors, accompanied by period instruments for a truly authentic experience.

'For true Mozart stick with Drottningholm.' Gramophone

'Excellent standard... notable for the clarity of the period-instrument sound and for a production wholly appropriate to the tiny Drottningholm space.' Gramophone

Chorus and Orchestra of the Drottningholm Court Theatre
Conducted by ARNOLD ÖSTMAN
Stage Direction by GÖRAN JÄRVEFELT
Costumes, Animals and Props by CARL FRIEDRICH OBERLE
Choreography by REGINA BECK-FRIIS
Directed and Produced for TV by THOMAS OLOFSSON


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Ann Christine Biel, Stefan Dahlberg
  • Directors: Thomas Olofsson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001URA660
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pamina on June 30, 2009
Filmed at the Drottningholm Court Theatre in Sweden (the same theatre where Ingmar Bergman set his classic film of "The Magic Flute" 14 years earlier), this production of Mozart's last opera is infused with a delicious 18th century feel. Its simple, wing-and-drop sets reflect the Europe of Mozart's own time, as do the costumes, with most of the principle characters in court dress, and Papageno, Papagena and the chorus in peasant garb. Anyone looking for a lavish fairy-tale "Flute" will probably be disappointed by this production's intimate simplicity, but personally, I like its quaint, Old World feel. Furthermore, all the characters are portrayed as believable, engaging human beings, not just dime-a-dozen fairy-tale archetypes. The Queen of the Night is a convincingly distraught mother as well as a villainess. Sarastro has his own fears and anger even amidst his wisdom and kindness. The three Boys are an adorably impish trio, not just deus ex machinas. Papageno is a lovably earthy, mischievous presence, not just goofy comic relief. Best of all, Tamino isn't just a bland fairy-tale prince, but a believable boy on the verge of manhood: friendly, passionate and brave yet vulnerable. Meanwhile, the singing is good all around (though the only really outstanding voice belongs to Laszlo Polgar as Sarastro) and Arnold Östman does a fine job of conducting Drottningholm's period-instrument orchestra. I recommend this DVD to any Mozart lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mei L. Po on December 1, 2010
Okay, a lot has been said so far about this production, but am I the only one here to notice the absolutely brilliant staging-- and the marvelous portrayal of Papagena? One reviewer pointed out that this Papageno is one of the best they'd ever seen, but the Papagena here more than holds her own opposite him; she matches him "feather for feather" (the scene where she is first forcibly restrained from coming out of hiding as Papageno sings of his wish for a sweetheart, then carried off in high mutiny after being briefly revealed to him, is priceless)

And of all versions I have yet seen, this is the one that does the fullest justice, dramatically speaking, to Pamina's beautiful, heartbreaking lament (Ach Ich Fuhl's). Tamino's reactions for the duration of the scene are spot-on; unfortunately, he spoils the effect the moment she leaves by overdoing it- bursting into melodramatic, *audible* sobs.

As far as the play itself goes, I find the treatment of gender and race troubling, but nonetheless find the music and overall story delightful.

This is the first rendition of the Magic Flute I ever saw, and although there are several excellent versions out there, this is still the one I like the best.
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Beside the Mozart's beautiful music, the singers, customs and stetting are excellent. I would recommend this production to all opera's lovers. I'm glad to have this dvd.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 8, 2014
Cast
Stefan Dahlberg - Tamino
Birgit Louise Frandsen - The Queen Of The Night
László Polgàr - Sarastro
Mikael Samuelson - Papageno
Ann Christine Biel- Pamina
Birgitta Larsson - Papagena

This 1989 Drottningholm Court Theatre 'Flute' has charming period sets and the orchestra plays on period instruments, so the sound is mellow rather than brilliant, especially since conductor, Arnold Ostman chooses leisurely tempi throughout.

The singers are for the most part young and enthusiastic. I was especially fond of the priests of the Temple of Isis who were dressed as 18th century gentlemen. The Speaker and Sarastro had basses that were easy on the ear, both in the spoken and sung dialogue. The only singer who was a bit hard to listen to was Pamina, who waxed shrill on occasion.

As is usual with all of my 'Flutes' produced in Northern Europe, Monostatos was made up in black-face, which totally embarrasses my American sensibilities. Papageno was one of the most annoying birdcatchers in any of my 'Flutes.' He was constantly mugging or doing silly stage business that detracted from the other singers. His panpipes, blown far more frequently than necessary really got on my nerves. I kept wishing the Queen's attendants had left the damn padlock on his mouth. The Three Boys (actually women in this production) sang very well but were also allowed to romp all over the stage in the latter part of the opera (especially during the two suicide scenes), once again detracting from the other singers.

I wouldn't recommend this production as your first 'Flute.' Try Ingmar Bergman's film, "
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan Zee on May 14, 2013
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Amazingly, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the most revered composer today, 200 plus years after his unfortunate death...
Mozart was and still is the most adventurous composer of any generation...his imagination excels and his composition is brilliant...
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