REPETITION. Mozart’s “Magic Flute”: If you have never tried opera, now is your chance

Recorded in September 2021 in Nancy, the version of “The Magic Flute” by Mozart, Anna Bernreitner from the Opéra national de Lorraine has something to inspire you. Whether you are an opera lover or not. Here are three good reasons to step into the lyrical universe through this multi-level work.

There was once The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Composed and performed in the final months of the brilliant musician’s life, this opera is part of your personal culture. And if you’re thinking: “No, no, no, I don’t know opera!”, let me tell you: “Yes, yes, yes, this one, you know it”, at least l Air the Queen of the Night.




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Excerpt from Mozart’s Magic Flute: Aria of the Queen of the Night



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With that sorted out, you may now be curious about the box that contains this vocal gem. Do you at least know what this opera is about?

The version staged by Anna Bernreitner with the orchestra and choir of the Opéra national de Lorraine, conducted by Bas Wiegers, is a unique opportunity to discover this classic of the genre.

Here are three good reasons to be tempted The Magic Flute by Mozart.

And that the director and her lighting, decoration, costume and animation team had a great time. Or it’s a bit random, but the kind that makes things good. When it’s your turn to choose a costume or decorative element, you’ll think you recognize a number of contemporary pop culture figures. That is, to what extent the work remains timeless.

Beautiful and charming girl whiter than snow

Emanuel Schikaneder

“The Magic Flute”

I invite you to find your own references throughout the two acts of the opera. It’s up to you to find real or imaginary references to cartoons such as Disney and its Snow White or Pixar. The heroine is called “Beautiful and charming girl whiter than snow“, Pamina is indeed a Bavarian, pale and washed-out version of her illustrious cousin.

References to stories by Perrault (Demy version) or Grimm, or even an effect war of stars and an attempt at “Kamehmeha”, even a hint of Miyazaki. A hint of Care Bears and a Blue Smurf drop. Without forgetting a hero, Tamino, with the vague aura of a little prince (by Saint-Exupéry) who would have grown up somewhere on his planet with his sheep on his head. The whole cross with an undercoat ofAlice in Wonderland. Mix well and enjoy.

A delight in small visual touches, distilled in pastel tones that contrast with the darkness of the spooky decors where reign the Queen of the Night and her lunar diadem forming her demonic horns. Haha.

You are in the right place. There The Magic Flutelike any self-respecting family show, has multiple levels of interpretation.

If at first glance we only hear a children’s fairy tale about the impossible love between a young prince and a beautiful princess, about the trials that young people have to overcome in order to be reunited, we can also see more complex approaches. Is it a philosophical tale of parental influence, a social satire about the risk of misinformation and fake news? “If we locked the mouths of all liars with a padlock, hatred and slander would give way to love and brotherhood..”

Ring your bells!

The three children

The Magic Flute

Is it finally a legend full of metaphors for followers of Freemasonry? With a temple, trials, and insiders to guide you, who knows? And some Egyptian gods dueling; Symbols, always symbols.

Finally, my little finger tells me that the rascal Mozart and his mate Emanuel Schikaneder, who wrote the opera’s libretto, might have wanted to slip in a few subtle yet blunt allusions here and there. “Ring your bells, they’ll bring your little wife.

So, on the corners, you’re initially embarrassed by the cookie cutter formulas uttered by the characters: While Prince Tamino vaguely silly discovers love”My heart knows a new emotion… It engulfs me like a fire“Princess Pamina, braid forward, from the top of her tower, patiently awaits,”delivered” (… freed). No, but seriously, da? And when Sarastro, an enigmatic figure, goes at the princess: “A man must guide your heart. Without the man, the woman strays too far from her domain.“, we believe that we will choke on our saliva. Finally, the last advice received by the charming prince “Be a man and you will win“. We are on the verge of a stroke. Without forgetting the good guys on the one hand and the bad guys on the other …

Except that. You have to beware of appearances and the further the plot progresses, the more you relax on the side of the ideas received. The highlight is the cheerfulness of the costumes, with everyone dressed in ruffles, chokers, bow ties and layered wigs. Andy Warhol picks up the trend of the 18th century again. The princess, most daring, even wears trousers under the skirts of her dress.

But it is his strong, determined attitude that seals the fate of all characters. His love for the prince and his avowed disapproval, clearly stated, for the other who was promised to him. So her firmness makes everyone agree when she exclaims, “young girls are not a commodity to be given away. Born to be free, I defy anyone who tries to force me into something.“She breaks with stereotypes:”A woman who fears neither the night nor death is truly worthy of initiation.“Phew, the honor is safe.

THE MAGIC FLUTE The Magic Flute
Opera in two acts, written at the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, September 30, 1791

brochure : Emmanuel Schikaneder

music :Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

New production of the Opéra national de Lorraine – In co-production with the Opéra Orchester National Montpellier

genre : Low Wiegers

Orchestra and choir of the Opéra national de Lorraine

staging : Anna Bernreitner

With :

Christina Gansch Pamina

Christina Poulitsi (Queen of the Night)

Susanne Hurrell (First Lady)

Ramya Roy (Second Lady)

Gala E Hadidi (Third Lady)

Anita Rosati (Papagena / The Old Woman)

Jack SwansonTamino

David Leigh Sarastro

Michael Nagl (Papageno)

Mark Omvlee (Monostatos)

Christian Immler (The Speaker)

The Three Children (Benjamin Gegout, Pauline Greco, Nalia Girodon, Young Singers from the Greater Nancy Regional Conservatory)

The Creatures (Benoît Andrieux, Virginie Benoist, Antonin Cloteau, Anna Moriot, Pauline Zaia)

Orchestra and choir of the Opéra national de Lorraine

Sets, costumes and animations Hannah Oellinger – Manfred Rainer

lighting : Olaf Freese

choirmaster : Guillaume Fauchere

Assistance to the staging : Olga Polyakova

Assistant to the musical direction : Chloe Rooke

video animation assistant : Stefan Wirnsperger

costume making : workshops of the National Opera of Lorraine

Realization of decorations : TecnoScena (Tivoli)

Creation of surtitles : Richard Neel

editions of scores : New Mozart Edition, Bärenreiter-Verlag Verlag Kassel, Basel, London, New York, Prague

vocal leaders : Solange Fober, Thierry Garin, Vincent Royer

Choir : Heera Bae, Valérie Barbier, Stéphane Bertolone, Bertrand Cardiet, Xiao Lun Chen, Benjamin Colin, Dania Di Nova, Maxime Duché, Patricia Garnier, Marco Gemini, Joanna Hinde, Inna Jeskova, Yongwoo Jung, Wook Kang, Jinhyuck Kim, Yong Kim , Michael Kraft, Ill Ju Lee, Aline Martin, Christophe Sagnier, Julie Stancer, Anja Stegmeier, Lucy Strevens, Julien Traniello, Barbara Wysokinska, Ju In Yoon, Soon Cheon Yu, Jue Zhang,

Musician : Marcel Artzer, Antoine Berquet, Christine Bianco, Florence Bouillot-Calcagno, Athena Bousquié, Thomas Bousquié, Andrea Calcagno, Laurent Causse, Solène Chevalier, Rémy Chopinez, Pierre Colombain, Nathalie Contet, Sylviane Crepey, Anne-Cécile Cuniot, Jérémie Da Conceicao , Catherine Delon-Pierre, Ludovic Derrière, Annabelle Dodane, Sylvain Durantel, Justin Frieh, Elena Frikha, Benoit Froissard, Morgan Gabin, Sonia Gasmi, Akiko Godefroy, Marine Grosjean, Frédérique Gruszecki, Florine Hardouin, Misa Hasegawa, Gaspar Hoyos, Marie Lambert , Noémie Lapierre, Sophie Laurens, Béatrice Lee, Marc Loviconi, Lionel Lutz, Hortense Maldant-Savary, Violaine Manfrin, Steve Marques, Jeanne Maurin, Bertrand Menut, Patricia Midoux, Philippe Moinet, Geneviève Monségur, Diane Mugot, Marie-Christine Muhlmeyer, François Oechslin, Benoît Ory, François-Xavier Parison, Laurane Petin, Aurélien Pouzet-Robert, Martin Rodriguez, Olivier Sauvage, Maria Skriabina, Loïc Sonrel, Aurélien Tanazacq, Eric Tardieu, Vassi li Touliankine, Hélène Van Acker, Sylvie Villedary, and Ziyu Zhang

Recorded in Nancy – Opéra national de Lorraine


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