Maybe hell's vengeance boils in her heart, but other than that, the appearance of Queen of the Night is opulent, elegant and almost always impeccable. A tour through the costume designs for one of the best-known characters in opera history.
Be prepared to see Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE transported to another galaxy by critically acclaimed theatre director Alexander Mørk-Eidem. Discover a fantastic universe of beautiful princesses, strange creatures, wonderful humour, magic and mischief.
To the sound of Mozart's iconic overture, we are taken to a galaxy far, far away, where Tamino has crashed in his space ship. On a strange planet, he is tasked by the Queen of the Night with finding her daughter, Pamina, who is being held prisoner underground, where men, including Pamina’s father, Sarastro, have taken refuge. Den Norske Opera's new MAGIC FLUTE is a divorce drama set in space.
According to Alexander Mørk-Eidem, this famous singspiel was the world's very first musical. To stage it in the spirit of Mozart and Schikaneder must therefore involve playfulness and humour, which are elements that have to be created in and for our time. The Norwegian director, based in Stockholm, is known for his free adaptation of classical works. While exploring the meanings of these dramas in their original contexts, his productions also manage to comment upon contemporary society.
Following in the footsteps of the very first premiere of THE MAGIC FLUTE in 1791, when librettist and comic Emanuel Schikaneder himself took on the role of Papageno, comedian Atle Antonsen plays the bird-catcher. The cast also features some of the best Norwegian singers of the day, including Mari Eriksmoen as Pamina and Eir Inderhaug as the Queen of the Night.
While Schikaneder's libretto has been adapted by Mørk-Eidem, Mozart's music has been revised and with digital soundscapes adapted by Atle Halstensen and Fredrik Baden. The music director is Thomas Søndergård, Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales and also Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Available until30 June 2016 at 23h59 CET
Kindly supported by NRK