2015

Die Zauberflöte

Prague National Theatre

Opera - by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - The National Theatre 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final stage piece, in a production staged by the renowned Czech director Vladimír Morávek, is a spellbinding spectacle providing a remarkable artistic experience; photo by Hana Smejkalová

Mozart wrote his final operatic work, to Emanuel Schikaneder’s libretto, in 1791, several months before his untimely death.

< Richard Samek (Tamino), Michaela Kapustová (The Second Lady); photo by Hana Smejkalová

A Prague premiere of this singspiel was presented at the Estates Theatre only a year after its premiere in Vienna, 25 October 1792; photo by Hana Smejkalová

The magical fairy-tale is replete with imagination, humour, as well as philosophy. The characters of Prince Tamino, Princess Pamina, the sage Sarastro – master of the realm of light –, the evil Queen of the Night and, above all, the merry birch-catcher Papageno have enchanted audiences worldwide for more than two centuries, constantly giving rise to the same questions: Is Die Zauberflöte a glorification of Masonry?

< The National Theatre Opera soloists: Jiří Brückler (Papageno) & Marie Fajtová (Pamina); foto Hana Smejkalová

Does it encapsulate Mozart’s credo of Good prevailing over Evil?

< The National Theatre Opera soloists: Jiří Brückler (Papageno), Guest of the National Theatre Opera and National Theatre Opera Soloist: Martin Donutil (Mozart) & Marie Fajtová (Pamina); foto Hana Smejkalová

Or is it “merely” a fantasy fairy-tale intended for the audiences of the people’s Theater auf der Wieden, managed by the impresario Emanuel Schikaneder?

< Die Zauberflöte at the Estates Theatre, a venue where Mozart conducted his operas Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro; photo by Hana Smejkalová

< The National Theatre Opera soloist: Miloš Horák (Papageno); foto Hana Smejkalová

It was none other than Schikaneder who submitted to Mozart the idea of composing Die Zauberflöte, since he knew that the visitors to his theatre above all longed for plays abounding in magic…

< Guest of the National Theatre Opera and National Theatre Opera Soloist: Martin Donutil (Mozart) & Marie Fajtová (Pamina); foto Hana Smejkalová

No wonder then that the opera’s ambiguity has led staging teams to various symbolical interpretations.

The National Theatre Opera soloist: Jana Sibera (The Queen of the Night); foto Hana Smejkalová

At the State Opera, Die Zauberflöte is a magical and mysterious fairy-tale that poetically and concisely expresses Order’s victory over Chaos, as well as the fact that decency and morality are the highest mission of society. The State Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte, directed by Ladislav Štros, has earned repeated success in Japan too.

Richard Samek (Tamino), Jan Šťáva (Sarastro); photo by Hana Smejkalová

The National Theatre Opera soloist: Jiří Brückler (Papageno); foto Hana Smejkalová

The National Theatre Opera soloists: Jiří Brückler (Papageno) & Marie Fajtová (Pamina); foto Hana Smejkalová

Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder
Stage director: Ladislav Štros
Sets: Vladimír Nývlt
Costumes: Josef Jelínek
Chorus master: Adolf Melichar
Choreography: Otto Šanda

Mozart wrote his final operatic work, to Emanuel Schikaneder’s libretto, in 1791, several months before his untimely death.
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Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder
Conductor: Martin Leginus
Stage director: Ladislav Štros
Sets: Vladimír Nývlt
Costumes: Josef Jelínek
Chorus master: Adolf Melichar
Choreography: Otto Šanda
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State Opera Chorus

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