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A never-before-released performance of Mozart‘s magical last opera under the baton of Sir Georg Solti. Filmed at the Salzburg Festival in the Mozart Bicentenary Year of 1991 it has been retrieved from the festival archives specially to celebrate the centenary of the legendary Hungarian maestro.
Solti‘s long association with Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) actually began in Salzburg in 1937 when, as Toscanini‘s assistant, he played the opera‘s important glockenspiel part (depicting Papageno‘s magic bells). 54 years later, as one of the world‘s most renowned conductors, Sir Georg once again played the glockenspiel for this production – a unique and delightful feature of this film.
with Solti‘s 1991 CD recording of the opera (also with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Chorus of the Vienna State Opera), this DVD performance features a treasurably different cast, including South African lyric tenor Deon van der Walt as Tamino, leading Italian coloratura soprano Luciana Serra as the Queen of the Night and a young René Pape in his breakthrough role as Sarastro.
Works on This Recording
Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Schmidt (Tenor),
Heinz Zednik (Tenor),
Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano),
Ruth Ziesak (Soprano),
René Pape (Bass),
Franz Grundheber (Baritone),
Herbert Lippert (Tenor),
Luciana Serra (Soprano),
Jard Van Nes (Mezzo Soprano),
Inga Nielsen (Soprano)
Sir Georg Solti
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1991
Venue: Salzburg, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Die Yauberflote June 23, 2015
By Katherina Fodor (Donvale, Victoria) See All My Reviews
"Extremely happy with this opera. It is indeed one of the best performance I have ever seen. I could not be happer. Both my husband and I enjoy this DVD practically every day, it is so very beautiful."