'Die Zauberflöte has wonderfully strange things in it,' says the South African-born artist and director William Kentridge, whose captivating and thought-provoking production of Mozart's opera made its mark in five countries before reaching La Scala, Milan. Animated monochrome imagery, such as an acrobatic rhinoceros and a spectacular starscape, creates the illusion - for both cast and audience - of being caught inside the black box of an antique camera, while the play of brightness and darkness explores the possibilities and limitations of the Enlightenment.
Sarastro: Günther Groissböck
Tamino: Saimir Pirgu
Queen of the Night: Albina Shagimuratova
Pamina: Genia Kühmeier
Papagena: Ailish Tynan
Papageno: Alex Esposito
Monostatos: Peter Bronder
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Roland Böer
Stage director: William Kentridge
Plus: Interview with William Kentridge and Roland Böer / Cast Gallery.
Sound: DD 2.0 Stereo / DTS 5.1 Surround
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Duration: 160+12 mins