The Magic Flute

Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart
Text by Emanuel Schikaneder
First performed in Vienna on the 30th of September 1791
Directed by: Prof. Gerhard Tötschinger
Set design and costume design: Erika Ebner
Music editing: Werner Hierzer

Marionettists:

Christine Hierzer-Riedler, Werner Hierzer, Isabella Chromy, Walter Kukla, Rudolf Schwarzenberger, Maria Drabits, Isabell Francisci-Ragger, Agniezka Koldnicka-Salamon, Claudia Hisberger, Lisa Pippan, Saviz Foroughi, Bernadette Kizik, Antonia Petz, Theresa Prem, Georg Angerer

Duration: 2h 15 min 

Failoni Orchestra, Budapest / Michael Halász 
Hungarian Festival Chorus, 
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Sarastro: Kurt Rydl
Königin der Nacht: Hellen Kwon
Pamina: Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz
Tamino: Herbert Lippert
Papageno: Georg Tichy
Papagena: Lotte Leitner
Sprecher: Robert Holzer
Erster Priester: Péter Köves
Zweiter Priester: Peter Jelosits
Monostatos: Wilfried Gahmlich
Erste Dame der Königin: Julia Faulkner
Zweite Dame der Königin: Waltraud Winsauer
Dritte Dame der Königin: Anna Gonda
Erster Knabe: Robert Pap
Zweiter Knabe: Maximilian Richter
Dritter Knabe: Matthias Uray

Viennese farce combines with the world of fantasy, buffoonery meets the Enlightenment. The opera, first performed on September 30th, 1791 at the "Theater des Freihauses auf der Wieden" (where the Wiedner Hauptstraße starts today), it was a huge success and played to full houses for many years. The main beneficiary of this success was Emanuel Schikaneder, librettist, director and actor (in the role of Papageno). On Oktober 7th, 1791 Mozart wrote to his wife Constanze who was on a health cure in Baden: "Dearest Wife, I have just returned from the opera. It was as full as ever. The "Mann und Weib" duet and the bells in the first act were repeated as usual, as was the Boys' trio in the second act. The opera appears to be becoming more and more popular...”. Unfortunately Mozart was not able to enjoy the success of the "Magic Flute" for very long – he died nine weeks after the première.
Our version is adapted to the location and to the possibilities of puppet theatre. This “Magic Flute” takes place in Schönbrunn – the Roman Ruins, the pavilion in the Zoological Gardens, and the paths through the park. As for the puppets, they can perform beyond the capabilities of their human counterparts in the opera.