Opera Scotland

Zauberflöte 2001Aix-en-Provence Festival Opera

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The Magic Flute can survive a range of interpretative styles, both musiical and dramatic, and is always popular at the Festival, even if it does seem to appear with remarkable frequency. Stéphane Braunschweig was recognised mainly as a theatre director, and Brian McMaster had already introduced him to the Festival in that context. This was the first occasion on which his operatic work had been seen in Britain, and with an unfamiliar cast of young performers it was overshadowed by the other operatic riches on display, with a wonderful array of star conductors and singers. These included Scottish Opera's Walküre and concert performances of Les Troyens, Idomeneo, St François d'Assise, Zoroastre, Three Sisters, Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Armida, and even more, so that is hardly surprising. On its own terms, and in spite of some musical weaknesses, it was a stimulating reading, in simple designs, modern-ish dress, and dominated by the delightful Papageno.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

Mark Adler

Papageno a bird-catcher

Stéphane Degout

Queen of Night

Irina Ionescu

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

François Piolino

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Hélène Le Corre

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

Denis Sedov

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Christine Rigaud

Performance DatesZauberflöte 2001

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Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

14 Aug, 19.30 16 Aug, 19.30 17 Aug, 19.30

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