The Magic flute

Release date
Festival de Salzbourg
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Musical direction
Constantinos Carydis
Stage direction
Lydia Steier

Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Chorus: Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor

La Flûte enchantée
Photo credit
© SF/Ruth Walz

Main informations

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s timeless masterpiece at the Salzburg Festival is always an event! The young American stage director Lydia Steier gave her Salzburg Festival debut with a fresh take on the most beloved opera of all time. She introduces the role of the grandfather, a narrator reading the opera like a fairy tale to his three grandchildren. This ‘trick’ in combination with the gigantic moveable sets, which take up the entire vast stage of the Großes Festspielhaus allows new views on Mozart’s magical opera, with its different worlds, here set in the bourgeois Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century.

The Magic flute
Artistic team

Singspiel in two acts (1791)

Music / Mozart
Libretto / Emanuel Schikaneder

Musical direction / Constantinos Carydis
Stage direction / Lydia Steier
Sets / Katharina Schlipf
Costumes / Ursula Kudrna
Lighting design / Olaf Freese
Video / fettFilm
Dramaturgy / Ina Karr

Orchestra / Wiener Philharmoniker
Chorus / Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Chorus Master / Ernst Raffelsberger


Sarastro / Matthias Goerne
Tamino / Mauro Peter
The Queen of the Night / Albina Shagimuratova
Pamina / Christiane Karg
First Lady / Ilse Eerens
Second Lady / Paula Murrihy
Third Lady / Geneviève King
Papageno / Adam Plachetka
Papagena / Maria Nazarova
Monostatos / Michael Porter
Grandfather / Klaus Maria Brandauer
Three Boys / Wiener Sängerknaben
Speaker / First Priest / Second Man in Armour / Tareq Nazmi
Second Priest / First Man in Armour / Simon Bode
Old Papagena / Birgit Linauer
Third Priest / Valérie Junker


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