IL FLAUTO MAGICO
German opera in two acts
Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto Emanuel Schikaneder
Poetic Italian translation and dialogues Graham Vick and Stefano Simone Pintor, based on the version by Fedele d’Amico
Copyright and publisher Bärenreiter, Kassel
Italian distributor Casa Musicale Sonzogno di Piero Ostali, Milan
Conductor Daniel Cohen
Director Graham Vick
Set and costume designer Stuart Nunn
Coreographer Ron Howell
Lighting designer Giuseppe Di Iorio
Co-production Associazione Arena Sferisterio and Palau de LesArtes Reina Sofía in Valencia. In collaboration with Birmingham Opera Company.
Tamino Giovanni Sala
Papageno Guido Loconsolo
First Lady Lucrezia Drei
Second Lady Eleonora Cilli
Third Lady Adriana Di Paola
The Queen of the Night Tetiana Zhuraval
Monostatos Manuel Pierattelli
Pamina Valentina Mastrangelo
The three boys Ilenia Silvestrelli, Caterina Piergiacomi, Emanuele Saltari*
Sarastro Antonio Di Matteo
First priest Marcell Bakonyi
Papagena Paola Leoci
Second priest / First man in armour Marco Miglietta
Second man in armour Seung Pil Choi
Special guests 100 citizens
Orchestra Regional Orchestra of Marche Region.
Choir Opera Choir of the Marche Region “Vincenzo Bellini” choirmaster Martino Faggiani.
*Pueri Cantores “D. Zamberletti” (maestro Gian Luca Paolucci)
The production was staged at the Arena Sferisterio, Macerata in August 2018 and at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia in October 2018
The Magic Flute by Mozart is a Singspiel (i.e. an opera with spoken dialogues), with music and scenes touching upon humour and fantasy, but also drama and ethics. Its characters can be interpreted literally but also metaphorically: thus, the Queen of the Night (seen in the impressive aria “Rancor di donna brucia nel mio core”) is a wicked and vengeful mother but she is also a symbol of obscurantism; Papageno can be seen both as a naive, jolly and slightly anxjous wood creature (“Io son l’uccellatore”), and as the symbol of the most genuine humanly wishes; Tamino (“O immagine di cui mortale / non mai conoscerà l’eguale!”) is the armed soldier of many a fairy tale but he also embodies the ideal of a man who puts reasoning and knowledge before violence.