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Bruno Ganz Out Of ‘Die Zauberflöte’
The Swiss actor Bruno Ganz has pulled out of Mozart’s "Zauberflöte." The actor was expected to appear in the upcoming production of Mozart's work at the Salzburg Festival, but had to pull out citing poor health. As a result, he will be replaced by actor, Klaus Maria Brandauer. Ganz is an award-winning actor who is acclaimed for his role in "Downfall" and has also appeared in such English language films…
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Opera Quiz: Tell Us The Last Thing You Argued About And We’ll Tell You Which Operatic Villain You Are
Opera is home to some of humanity’s most infamous villains: manipulative characters who lie, cheat, and steal, pillage and murder, and generally ruin the loves of the innocent, unsuspecting heroes and heroines that we all know and love. But conflict and tension form the bones of most great art, and opera would not be opera without the Iagos, Scarpias, and Queen of the Nights of the repertory. Now, these operatic…
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UPDATE: Julie Fuchs Forced Out of “Die Zauberflote” in Hamburg; Company Issues Statement
Soprano Julie Fuchs has announced on her Facebook page that she will no longer be performing in Staatsoper Hamburg’s upcoming production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote.” “Today, I have an unexpected announcement to make,” writes Fuchs. “The Staatsoper Hamburg has unfortunately informed me just this week that the artistic integrity of the Jette Steckel production of ‘Die Zauberflöte’ cannot be maintained if the soprano singing Pamina is four months pregnant. As…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: René Pape Stars in ‘Die Zauberflöte’
This Friday you can check out “Die Zauberflöte” live from the Vienna State Opera as part of the company’s live stream service. The performance will kick off at 7 p.m. local time and run through around 10 p.m. Audiences from around the world will get an opportunity to experience the opera from the comfort of their respective homes. This season’s production will be directed by Mosche Leiser and Patrice Caurier…
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Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2017-18 Preview: James Levine Leads ‘Die Zauberflöte’
Last week we got “Norma,” and this week, the Metropolitan Opera’s famed Live in HD series continues with a broadcast performance of “Die Zauberflöte” on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. The broadcast, which kicks off 12:55 p.m. Eastern time, will feature maestro James Levine in his first of several broadcasts this season. This will be the maestro's 48th performance of the opera and the final one of the run. Golda Schultz…
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Kathryn Bowden To Make Met Debut
Kathryn Bowden will make her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of Queen of the Night on Thursday Oct. 5. The soprano will replace Kathryn Lewek in the Metropolitan Opera's "Die Zauberflote." Bowden made her 2015 San Francisco Opera debut as the Queen of the Night and made her entry onto the Metropolitan Opera roster as a cover for the 2016 family performances of "The Magic Flute." She also made…
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Opera Profile: Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’
Premiering on September 30, 1791, "Die Zauberflöte," or "The Magic Flute" in English, is the last of the works composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, barring his unfinished Requiem. Much like an operetta, "Die Zaubeflöte" is a singspiel, which has spoken dialogue between musical numbers and arias. Working with German librettist Emanuel Shikaneder, the opera contains a vast number of influences, from the folk style of arias for characters Papageno and…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Die Zauberflöte: James Levine Leads a Solid Cast in Mozart’s Enigmatic Masterpiece
On September 27, 2017, the Metropolitan Opera revived its Julie Taymor production of "Die Zauberflöte."  Her take on this beloved classic, complete with puppets and dancing flamingos, is a treasured relic of the Volpe era and this revival received the star treatment. James Levine, the Met’s music director emeritus, was in the pit while coloratura Kathryn Lewek offered her world-famous take on the small but crucial role of the Queen…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: ‘Die Zauberflöte’s’ Tale of Two Languages
Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” is one of the most popular operas ever written. According to OperaBase, the work was the second most performed in 2015-16, a trend likely to continue into the upcoming seasons. For its 2017-18 rendition of the opera, the Metropolitan Opera is doing something quite unusual, at least by the company’s standards – it is showing the famed opera in both English and German versions, the latter getting…
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Royal Opera House 2017-18 Preview: Essential Facts About This Year’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’
Right after “La Bohème” kicks off its run at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” will take over the headlines with 13 performances starting on Sept. 12, 2017, and ending on Oct. 14, 2017. Here are essential facts to prepare you for the classic gem before you check it out in London. 1. The opera will feature two different casts across its 13 performances. Cast A, which…