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Your Reaction: Die Zauberflöte 2015

What did you think of David McVicar's production of Mozart's fantastical comedy?

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

24 February 2015 at 11.18am | 6 Comments


Press reviews:

What's On Stage ★★★★
Guardian ★★★★
Music OMH ★★★★
Bachtrack ★★★★
Arts Desk (£) ★★★
Financial Times ★★★
A Younger Theatre (No rating - very positive)

What did you think of Die Zauberflöte?

The production is given with generous philanthropic support from The Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund and Martin and Jane Houston.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

24 February 2015 at 11.18am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged audience reaction, by David McVicar, Die Zauberflöte, magic flute, mozart, opera, Production, reaction, review, Social Media, the magic flute, The Royal Opera, twitter, your reaction

This article has 6 comments

  1. Francois Girardot responded on 24 February 2015 at 12:52pm Reply

    In my opinion, McVicar has found the right tone for "die Zauberflote", neither grotesquely literal like many productions, nor absurdly abstract like others (Wilson). I thought that the young conductor (Cornelius Meister) was on fire yesterday, he was completely into that wonderful music. Another superb night @ROH!

  2. Stuart Bull responded on 24 February 2015 at 1:50pm Reply

    Wonderful staging, no expense spared. Very ROH - simply dramatically the best.
    Congrats to all involved.

  3. John R responded on 24 February 2015 at 4:17pm Reply

    What a fabulous production and performance last evening. McVicar tells the story, simply and clearly and for me, at least, there was nothing tired about the production, The musical values were excellent, a couple of minor differences between pit and stage aside, Cornelius Meister conducted a confident and sparkling account of the score. It was so good to see Toby Spence in heroic voice as Tamino, Janai Brugger sang Pamina with much beauty, Georg Zeppenfeld was a vocally assured Sarastro (nice to see it played as a younger man) and Markus Werba, a natural comedian, was an outstanding Papagano. I've watched the DVD of the production when it was new several times, and I thought the performance last evening was even better than the one captured on video. A fantastic evening in the theatre!

  4. Carmen C. responded on 24 February 2015 at 11:13pm Reply

    Overall, the opera was great. BUT, if you are an opera lover and have good knowledge of Die Zauberflote, here are some of my thoughts on the first performance:

    - the conductor rushed everything too much, no time to enjoy the beautiful music
    - a lot of dialogue (at least in the first act) was missed/forgotten (I could actually hear people behind me completing the sentences of the actors on stage with missed phrasing)
    - Queen of the Night was really NOT good; 'Oh zittre night ...' was a fail and during 'Der holle rache...' she lost her breath and was really out of tune; it was a pain listening to her, constant cringing, people were nodding in disappointment around me. I was obviously not expecting another 'Diana Damrau', but she could have let go of her nerves and sing/perform. She didn't seem comfortable on stage.

    - I cannot praise enough how good Papageno, Pamina and Papagena were. Excellent! Laughter, emotion, exquisite entertainment.
    - Tamino was good and Sarastro could have been a bit more majestic.
    - costumes and staging were superb.
    - act 2 was really good and the 3rd ended gloriously.

    Great night, well worth the price I paid for my ticket, but there are some improvements to make in order for this to be worthy of a ROH performance.
    The best performances I've seen so far for this opera are Paris 2001 and ROH 2003.

    This is really a constructive critique and I hope it doesn't get misunderstood. It's just my sincere opinion.

  5. Liane responded on 7 March 2015 at 7:11pm Reply

    I thought the whole night was absolutely uplifting and beautiful. Toby Spence was a prince par excellence and Pamina was very good and had a beautiful voice and Markus Werba was the complete and perfect Papageno comedian, but I was also particularly impressed by Zeppenfeld whose voice is glorious and he portrayed a dignified, younger than usual, Soroastro. I always like McVicar's productions and this one was no exception.

  6. christine edwards responded on 11 March 2015 at 11:13pm Reply

    Pamina and Papagano were outstanding.
    Zeppenfeld was majestic and the whole production and evening were most enjoyable.
    The Queen of the Night was Ok in Act 1 and much better in Act 2.She seems to have grown into the role since the earlier performances.This was the last night and the audience gave the cast a very well deserved warm reception.

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