Die Zauberflöte


Mozart Die Zauberflöte (the Magic Flute) opera to libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. Directed 2018 by Lydia Steier at the Großes Festspielhaus as part of the Salzburg Festival. Stars Matthias Goerne (Sarastro), Mauro Peter (Tamino), Albina Shagimuratova (The Queen of the Night), Christiane Karg (Pamina), Adam Plachetka (Papageno), Maria Nazarova (Papagena), Michael Porter (Monostatos), Klaus Maria Brandauer (Grandfather), Tareq Nazmi (The Speaker), and the Wiener Sängerknaben (Three Boys). Constantinos Carydis conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor (Chorus Master Ernst Raffelsberger). Stage design by Katharina Schlipf; costume design by Ursula Kudrna; lighting by Olaf Freese. Directed for TV by Michael Beyer. Sung in German. Disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

When you get hired to direct Zauberflöte, you rack your brains how to come up with something new. Lydia Steier makes big cuts with the 3 ladies and the armed guards banished. She adds parts for a piano, harpsichord, and organ along with a famous actor narrating the story as Grandfather reading to his 3 grandsons. The action seems to take place in a summer festival for street buskers. Papageno is seen lugging around a 30-lbs plucked turkey, which, per Richard Lawrence in the 2019 September Gramophone at pages 109-110 becomes a metaphor for the entire production. Love it or hate it.

Here's a trailer from C Major:

And here’s a trailer from Salzburg: