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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Blu-ray (The Royal Opera)

 

  • Diana Damrau might have brought the house down as the Queen of the Night - her astonishing performance of the opera's most famous aria has now racked up millions of views on YouTube - but the rest of the cast aren't bad either, especially Simon Keenlyside with his beautifully crafted interpretation of Papageno. On top of that, we have internationally renowned Mozart interpreter Sir Colin Davis conducting the chorus and orchestra of the Royal Opera House in this, David McVicar's 2003 acclaimed production of Mozart's last opera.

    Also available on DVD and as part of a Blu-ray box-set

    Papageno: Simon Keenlyside
    Papagena: Ailish Tynan
    Pamina: Dorothea Röschmann
    Tamino: Will Hartmann
    Queen of the Night: Diana Damrau
    Sarastro: Franz-Josef Selig
    Speaker of the Temple: Thomas Allen

    Royal Opera Chorus
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Colin Davis
    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Director: David McVicar
    Designer: John Macfarlane
    Lighting: Paule Constable
    Choreography: Leah Hausman

    Plus: Illustrated synopsis of the opera; BBC feature looking behind the scenes at the production; Conductor Colin Davis talking about Die Zauberflöte: 24-page illustrated booklet in English, French and German

    Picture: 16:9 1080i
    Sound: PCM 2.0 / PCM 5.1
    Format: Blu-ray
    Running time: 182 mins
    Recorded: 2003
    Subtitles: EN/FR/ES/ [DE – Extras only]



  • "Simon Keenlyside... the most engaging Papageno I have ever encountered... With an exceptional Queen of the Night, Diana Damrau, this is an evening no Mozart lover should miss."
     Mail on Sunday

    "This production's slow journey from darkness into the light works well on the small screen, not least thanks to high-definition camera work and Sue Judd's inspired direction for television. The real magic, though, is supplied by the onstage cast... Simon Keenlyside's profoundly human, touchingly sympathetic view of Papageno deserves an Olivier Award." Classic FM