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THE MAGIC FLUTE opens with Prince Tamino being rescued from a serpent by Ladies in the employ of the Queen of the Night. Papageno the bird-catcher arrives and claims he killed the serpent, but the outraged Ladies padlock Papageno's mouth for his lie. They also show Tamino a portrait of Princess Pamina, the Queen's kidnapped daughter, and he immediately falls in love. Protected by a golden flute, he sets off with the bird-catcher Papageno to rescue Pamina from the clutches of the sorcerer Sarastro and a madcap adventure involving magicians, wild animals and very Masonic-like trials. Triumphing over all adversity, the lovers unite, as the forces of light banish the darkness and Papageno even finds a true love of his own. The internationally renowned Mozart interpreter Sir Colin Davis conducts the chorus and orchestra of the Royal Opera House and a glittering cast in David McVicar's 2003 production of the opera Mozart wrote in the final year of his life, recorded live at Covent Garden.

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  1. David McVicar


  2. Sue Judd


  3. Emanuel Schikaneder


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  1. Will Hartmann

    Will Hartmann


  2. Dorothea Röschmann

    Dorothea Röschmann


  3. Diana Damrau

    Diana Damrau

    Queen of the Night

  4. Franz-Josef Selig

    Franz-Josef Selig


  5. Ailish Tynan

    Ailish Tynan


  6. Adrian Thompson

    Adrian Thompson


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Original Title Die Zauberflöte

Status Released

Original Language German

Runtime 3h 5m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • January 27, 2003
    NR, Premiere



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