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Wolfgang A. Mozart Die Zauberflöte for Children

A production of the Zurich Opera House


  • 28 July 2012, 11:00


  • 29 July 2012, 11:00
  • 01 August 2012, 15:00
  • 02 August 2012, 15:00
  • 16 August 2012, 15:00
  • 17 August 2012, 15:00
  • 26 August 2012, 11:00
  • 26 August 2012, 15:00

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Elisabeth Fuchs, Conductor
Ulrich Peter, Text and Stage Direction
Luigi Perego, Sets and Costumes
Jürgen Hoffmann, Lighting
Alexander Krampe, Musical Arrangement


Philippe Spiegel, Papageno
Anat Edri, Papagena
Clemens Kerschbaumer/Mauro Peter , Tamino
Valda Wilson, Pamina
Paul Schweinester/Manuel Günther, Monostatos
Jan Šťáva/David Steffens, Sarastro
Maria Celeng, First Lady
Hagar Sharvit, Second Lady
Adriana Di Paola, Third Lady

Ensemble der Philharmonie Salzburg
With Soloists of the Young Singers Project


Help! Help!
Prince Tamino has lost his way in a forest. A giant serpent is after him. Tamino is terribly afraid, and faints. One of the Queen of the Night’s ladies kills the serpent and saves Tamino’s life. When he wakes up to see the bird-catcher Papageno, he is not sure whether he is looking at a man or a bird. Papageno brags about his enormous strength and claims to have throttled the serpent. The Queen’s lady catches him lying: instead of sweets, today he receives only water and a stone for his birds, and his mouth is padlocked. The lady shows Tamino a picture of Pamina, the Queen of the Night’s daughter, who has been kidnapped by Sarastro. If the prince likes Pamina, he is promised happiness at her side. Tamino immediately falls in love with Pamina’s picture.

Magic Flute and Chime of Bells
Suddenly, the Queen of the Night herself appears. She promises Tamino that her daughter shall be his if he manages to free her. When the Queen has disappeared, Tamino wonders whether he has been dreaming. Papageno still stands beside him and laments that he cannot speak. The Queen’s lady removes the padlock, but warns him for all times against lying. She gives Tamino a magic flute and Papageno a chime of bells to ward off all the dangers of their imminent adventures together.

Monostatos, Spellbound
On the way, Papageno has lost sight of the Prince, and now he stands before Sarastro’s palace alone. Pamina is guarded by a disgusting brute called Monostatos, who pursues her constantly. Papageno overcomes his fear of Monostatos and dares to make himself known to Pamina. After comparing her to her picture, he is sure that she is the daughter of the Queen of the Night. He tells Pamina about Tamino, who has fallen in love with her and wants to free her. Pamina warns Papageno of the powerful Sarastro. They decide to escape and search for Tamino. However, they are surprised by Monostatos, who gives orders to have them seized. Papageno resorts to his chime of bells, and true enough: they put a spell on Monostatos.

Difficult Ordeals
Near Sarastro’s palace, Tamino is threatened by wild animals, but his flute tames them. However, he cannot escape Monostatos, who takes him to Sarastro’s palace, where he sees Pamina for the first time. Suddenly, Sarastro stands before him. He has Monostatos punished and leads Tamino and Papageno into his temple, where they have to overcome all kinds of ordeals in order to find their happiness – first of all, they are forbidden to speak. Of course, that is not Papageno’s cup of tea at all, and he keeps babbling on. He is glad that Tamino is to have his Pamina, but he would also like to have a girlfriend. When he complains that he is thirsty, an ugly old woman brings him water. She claims to be 18 years old and his beloved. Suddenly, the water turns to wine. But Papageno’s dearest wish, to have a girlfriend, is still unfulfilled. The old woman tells him that if he doesn’t marry her, he will have to stay alone for the rest of his life. Thus, he reluctantly promises to marry her.

The Beautiful Papagena
Tamino has begun his second ordeal, during which he is allowed to take Pamina with him: they must pass through fire and water, and they survive this test of their courage with the help of the magic flute. Papageno is desperate, as he still has not found a Papagena who would suit him. He is so sad that he wants to hang himself from a tree. But he is held back and advised to use his chime of bells; this will conjure up the Papagena he is longing for. And true enough, a beautiful girl appears before Papageno – the ugly old woman, transformed. They are blissfully happy and decide to have many little Papagenas and Papagenos as children.