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1) Tamino-Piotr Beczala is a new tenor to me. He has a sound that has a little bit of Fritz Wunderlich in him; not always consistent, but it is there none the less. I cannot imagine anyone singing it any better today.
2) Pamina-Dorothea Roschmann even outdoes her earlier DVD performance with Colin Davis. She is more involved in this magnificent production.
3) Queen of the Night-Desiree Rancatore is up there with all my favorite Konigins; and I mean Damrau on DVD and Berger, Moser, Deutekom, Popp on CD. She is just as dramatic as Diana Damrau.
4) Papageno-Detlef Roth has a little of Herman Prey in his vocal color. Great singing and acting.
5) Sarastro-Matti Salminen is just perfect.
6) Conductor-Ivan Fischer one of the great interpretations!
7) Sets & Costumes-truly magical. A traditional Magic Flute with tons of high tech special effects. The stage director-Benno Besson and the set designer and costume designer-Jean-Marc Stehle truly get it ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. There is true magic in the costumes, sets, staging, and ALL SPECIAL EFFECTS!!! There are so many magical effects it is hard to single them out but , here is one: watch the transformation of the Old Hag into Papagena.
I have had the opportunity to view this latest version several times and think that in almost all respects it is a more interesting and enjoyable interpretation to see. I love the clarity of the orchestra, the clever and artistic stage-sets, the special effects, the fantastic (in the true sense of the word) costumes and agree with one of the other reviews that almost all of the singers give truly outstanding performances. I would beg to differ about only one of the singers and that is Desiree Rancatore who, while giving a perfectly adequate performance, is nowhere near as impressive and completely in charge of her role as Diana Damrau. It was also good to see Dorothea Roschmann advance from the smaller part of Papagena (which she did with great comical flair) at Covent Garden to the more substantial role of Pamina in this one.
This is a wonderful DVD which I imagine will be of great appeal to young and old, novices and opera devotees, alike.
The scene of Tamino/Pamina going through the tests almost makes it dramatically convincing--although it takes the energy and joy on Roschmann's (Pamina) face to add the final touch. (A director can only do so much with the limited time the music gives.)
No superlatives are too great for Roschmann as Pamina; the 3 boys are also outstanding--as good as actors as the adults. Beczala as Tamino is new to me; not a great actor, but a clear tone.
Detlef Roth as Papageno is not the funniest I've seen, but that's not a detriment here; the final scene where he meets and plans a family with Le Roi as Papagena is not as erotically charged as some other productions; however, Le Roi is excellent, gazing up at him with love and erotic desire.
Salminen is of course excellent as Sarastro, although I don't know why they put him in that fake enlarged brain.
Désirée Rancatore as the Queen of the Night is young for the role (relative to her "daughter" Roschmann), but sings superbly and acts with vigor (especially when limited by a robe that enwraps her arms. The special effects accompanying her appearances are excellent.Read more ›
The production for thie set is wonderful and quite imaginative and totally traaditional. Which brings me to a comment made by a previous reviewer of this set, mainly that it succeeds because it is French. I have no idea what was meant by this comment. The director (regie) is Swiss, and trained under Felsenstein in East Berlin. the cast is from central Europe.Read more ›
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This is by far the best version of this opera that I have ever seen, personally I think this is what Mozart and Schikaneder had envisioned when they were working on this opera. Read morePublished 16 months ago by April
Excellent cast and all of them are great singers in this I'm a Dessire Rancatore fanPublished 21 months ago by Catherine Swartz
This is a beautifully-sung, well-conducted, and well-conceived version. The opera is not simple to bring off completely, as it is a utopian fantasy where the enlightenment dream of... Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by bachpianohack
The performance was excellent and exciting. They took full use of the stage elevators and moved sets and people in and out with alacrity. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by David Smith
Finally, a Die Zauberfloete with a real touch of magic!
The staging is imaginative and thoughtful, with good masonic imagery and sumptuous sets, and even with hi-tech effects... Read more
I recently purchased this DVD having never watched this opera before. To my surprise I enjoyed it tremendously. Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by V.J. Williams
This is an excellent traditional performance. It is traditional in staging as well as singing, but it isn't a patch on the marvellous Colin Davis interpretation, where Simon... Read morePublished on April 26, 2009 by Amazon Customer
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