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Wolfgang A. Mozart Die Zauberflöte

A German opera in two acts, K. 620
Text by Emanuel Schikaneder (1751–1812)

New production
In German with German and English surtitles

Duration approx. 3 hours and 40 minutes.


  • 27 July 2012, 19:00


  • 25 July 2012, 10:30
  • 30 July 2012, 15:00
  • 02 August 2012, 18:30
  • 04 August 2012, 15:00
  • 06 August 2012, 19:00
  • 11 August 2012, 18:30
  • 13 August 2012, 15:00
  • 17 August 2012, 15:00
  • 19 August 2012, 19:30

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor
Jens-Daniel Herzog, Stage Director
Mathis Neidhardt, Sets and Costume Design
Stefan Bolliger, Lighting Design
Ronny Dietrich, Dramaturgy
Ramses Sigl, Choreography
Ernst Raffelsberger, Chorus Master


Georg Zeppenfeld, Sarastro
Bernard Richter, Tamino
Mandy Fredrich, The Queen of Night
Julia Kleiter, Pamina, her daughter
Sandra Trattnigg, First Lady
Anja Schlosser, Second Lady
Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Third Lady
Tölzer Knaben, Three Boys
Markus Werba, Papageno
Elisabeth Schwarz, Papagena
Rudolf Schasching, Monostatos
Martin Gantner, Speaker
Lucian Krasznec, First Man in Armour/First Priest
Andreas Hörl, Second Man in Armour

Concentus Musicus Wien
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus


Mozart’s presumably best-known opera, The Magic Flute, created by the composer with his equally gifted librettist Emanuel Schikaneder in 1791, opens the series of new opera productions of the 2012 Salzburg Festival – and thus, the tenure of Artistic Director Alexander Pereira, who was able to convince Nikolaus Harnoncourt to lead the Mozart production on historic instruments. “It is not only a first for Salzburg, but also for Nikolaus Harnoncourt to perform this work in this sound-world in Salzburg, together with Concentus Musicus, bringing his entire life’s experience to bear on this production, and I am infinitely grateful to him for this gift,” Pereira expressed his delight. The new production will be shown at the Felsenreitschule, and thus, The Magic Flute returns to the magical and traditional venue long its home.
Stage director Jens-Daniel Herzog will be responsible for the production, together with his long-time set designing partner Mathis Neidhardt. “In
The Magic Flute two worlds clash, two worlds that are also codependent. On the one side: the world of light and rationality – on the other: the world of night, of feelings, of imagination, of dreams. Both embody principles in constant conflict throughout human evolutionary history, and it is still unclear whether there will be a harmonious balance or whether one principle will vanquish the other, even at the price of its own destruction. That is the struggle this opera relates, and the story of two couples caught up on the frontline of these principles, who have to prove themselves and find their very own way,” the director explains.