The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote): an opera in two acts, is the next program in the Arts on Film series, to be screened this Wednesday June 20 in Arts.

Opus Arte, c2003

This is David McVicar’s glittering 2003 production of the opera Mozart wrote in the final year of his life.  The libretto is by Emanuel Schikaneder, who was a friend of the Mozart family.   It features Simon Keenlyside, Dorothea Roschmann, Will Hartmann and Diana Damrau.  The internationally renowned Mozart interpreter, Sir Colin Davis, conducts the chorus and orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  The opera is sung in German with English subtitles, and was recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in January, 2003.

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

The Magic Flute was recently revived as part of Opera Australia’s 2012 season at the Arts Centre, in a new production reproduced from the original by The Metropolitan Opera, New York.  Julie Taymor, director of The Lion King, took Mozart’s fairy tale and turned it into a show for the child in us all combining dazzling costumes, puppetry, English dialogue and theatrical effects with Mozart’s beautiful melodies.


Scene from Die Zauberflote. Opus Arte, c2003

The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) commences at 12.00 noon and concludes and 2.45 pm (approx). It will be held in the Arts Listening-Viewing Room. Enter via the Arts Reading Room and Audio-visual Centre (from Trescowthick Information Centre). Admission is free. No bookings required, but come early as seating is limited. Enjoy!


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