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Die Zauberflöte - Mozart

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Mozart Die Zauberflöte

From 02 November TO 23 November 2024
Opéra Bastille - Paris
Program

Mozart : Die Zauberflöte

3:05 with 1 intermission
Cast
  • Conductor
    Oksana Lyniv
  • Director
    Robert Carsen
  • Performers
    Tamino: Pavol Breslik
    Pamina: Nikola Hillebrand
    Papageno: Mikhail Timoshenko
    Königin der Nacht: Aleksandra Olczyk
    Sarastro: Jean Teitgen
    Sprecher: Nicolas Cavallier
    Papagena: Ilanah Lobel-Torres
    Monostatos: Mathias Vidal
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  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Opéra Bastille - Paris LocationPl. de la Bastille - 75012 Paris France

  • Venue's Capacity: 2745

From its beginnings under Louis XIV to the present day, including the construction of the Palais Gamier under Napoleon III, the history of the Paris Opera has been marked by the wishes and whims of the French government. The decision to build a new opera on the Place de la Bastille is no exception, made by Frangois Mitterrand less than a year after being elected President. A competition was organized, and of the 750 projects presented, the one designed by the Uruguayan-Canadian architect Carl Ott won. The new building, whose large ground surface ostentatiously marks the site where the French Revolution broke out, was inaugurated during the bicentennial celebrations of that same Revolution in 1989.

 

From the Place de la Bastille, the building's glass facade, with its "aleatory" lighting designed by Yann Kersale, suggests the sober modernism of its interior, even more so because the interior uses the same construction materials as the exterior, symbolizing a desire to open out to the public. Once inside, one can discover the warmth of the light wood that adorns the large 2703-seat hall with its proscenium stage. But the building barely stops here, for one must imagine the enormous backstage that takes up 55 per cent of the edifice's total volume, the six underground stories of technical premises, the workshops that make and stock the mobile sets as well as the costumes, not to mention the Gounod Hall, that has a stage identical to the main one, used for rehearsals. Designed around a symmetrical axis that is symbolized by the sculpted tuning forks that decorate the public premises, the Bastille Opera is a formidable computerized machine for staging opera productions, employing the population of a veritable city-within-a-city.

 

The conductor Myung-Whun Chung faced the difficult task of starting up this machine. The audience discovered productions staged by Bob Wilson or Peter Sellars, which it did not always unanimously applaud. But today, in full possession of its impressive technical means, permitting the rotation of different productions, the Bastille Opera proposes the most diverse performances. Currently managed by Hugues Gall and his music director James Conlon, revivals, premieres and major productions now share the season's billing, at a pace that leaves the audience little respite.

Since 2014, Stépahne Lissner is the Director of the Paris Opera.

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Synopsis

Die Zauberflöte

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STORY
THE ENCHANTED FLUTE tells the love story of Prince Tamino and Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. With the help of Papageno, a talkative but kindly cowardly bird-catcher, Tamino must rescue his beloved from the clutches of Sarastro, the high priest of Isis and Osiris. But appearances are deceptive, and the heroes will all have to undergo trials and tribulations before they find the truth.

Act 1
The young prince Tamino, lost on a journey, struggles with a giant snake before fainting. He is rescued by the Queen of the Night's three mysterious ladies, who disappear. When he wakes up, Papageno the bird-catcher, who was passing by, takes the credit. The three ladies return and punish Papageno. They give Tamino a portrait of Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night, with whom he immediately falls in love. The Queen appears and asks the young prince to rescue her daughter from Sarastro, the high priest's prisoner. As a gift, he receives a flute with magical powers and Papageno, a carillon also endowed with powers.
Papageno is the first to arrive at Sarastro's castle, where he finds Pamina in the grip of the horrible Monostatos. Tamino, for his part, finds himself at the door of an officiant who tells him that the Queen of the Nights has tricked him. Pamina is being held for her own good. The two lovers are soon reunited.

Act 2
Accompanied by Papageno, Tamino must prove his worth by triumphing over several tests. Meanwhile, Pamina sees her mother appear, urging her to kill Sarastro. But Sarastro, with great wisdom, manages to dissuade and appease the young girl.
One of the tests requires Tamino to remain silent. Pamina, happy to find the one she loves, is distraught by his reaction and even considers committing the irreparable. As for Papageno, too talkative, he has failed, but he does not aspire to simple happiness. He is looking for his Papagena, who finally appears. All are reunited to pass the final test of fire and water, opening the gates to the temple of wisdom. The Queen of the Night, her ladies and Monostatos are swallowed up in the bowels of the earth. The final chorus salutes the victory of light over the world of darkness.

THE MAIN ROLES IN THE OPERA
Tamino, prince (tenor)
Papageno, bird-catcher (baritone)
The Queen of the Night (soprano)
Pamina, her daughter (soprano)
Three ladies, emissaries of the Queen of the Night (2 sopranos, 1 contralto)
Sarastro, High Priest of the Kingdom of Light (bass)
Monostatos, his Moorish servant (tenor)
Three boys (2 male sopranos, 1 male alto)
The Orator (bass)
Papagena, Papageno's bride (soprano)

Opéra Bastille (c) Christian Leiber

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