Director: Emeritus James Levine
Length: 188 min
Cast: René Pape, Christian van Horn, Kathryn Lewek, Golda Schultz, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba
Language: Sung in German with English subtitles.
Die Zauberflöte is a sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism. It was written for a theatre located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a Singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score. The composer and the librettist were both Freemasons—the fraternal order whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals—and Masonic imagery is used throughout the work. The story, however, is as universal as any fairy tale.
Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length, German version of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.
Sung in German with English subtitles.