The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a staging by Ernst Köpplinger at the Semperoper in Dresden with René Pape as Sarastro and Klaus Florian Vogt as Tamino.
“I’m a human, like you,” retorts Papageno when Tamino asks him who he is.And when Papageno makes the same inquiry of Tamino, he says he is “of princely birth.”That the bird-catcher Papageno already is what Tamino has yet to become – a human being – is clear right from the start.The ultimate goal is humanity and the path leading there is as amusing, endearing and full of fun as the quest itself is noble.The libretto tells of the “vengeance of hell” and all the many trials that Tamino and Papageno have to endure, but also of the sweetest love, the dancing animals and the Three Child-Spirits they encounter en route.
Die Zauberflöte, Mozart's last opera, premiered in Vienna in 1791. While it clearly belongs firmly in the Singspiel tradition of Old Vienna, both Mozart and his librettist, Emanuel Schikaneder, also drew inspiration from the Enlightenment thinking of the Freemasons. The result is a blend of Punch-and-Judy-style nonsense with Masonic profundity, of old-fashioned misogyny with pure humanity – and music that can only be described as heavenly. No wonder The Magic Flute became the cross-generational blockbuster that it has remained to this day!
The performance is the first opera production by the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden after nearly half a year of lockdown, though it will once again be taking place behind closed doors. The star-studded cast with big names such as René Pape and Klaus Florian Vogt nevertheless promises to make it an unforgettable operatic event.