About the Event
Experience opera like never before in this astonishing performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute at Barcelona's remarkable Palau de la Música Catalana.
The Magic Flute is a singspiel, or singing play, in two acts by Mozart. The premiere took place on 30 September 1791 at the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, two months before the composer died. 'The Magic Flute' initially seems an amusing fairytale, in which good triumphs over evil. Upon closer inspection, the opera is revealed to be a deeply philosophical work, influenced by the democratic ideals of the Enlightenment.
Set in the ancient world: Prince Tamino is attacked by a serpent, and is saved by three ladies, the servants of the Queen of the Night. The ladies show Tamino a portrait of the queen’s daughter, Pamina. The Queen of the Night promises Tamino her daughter's hand, if he can rescue her from the evil Sarastro. Tamino agrees, and is given a magic flute by the three ladies. Papageno, a bird catcher, will accompany Tamino, and is also given a gift of magic bells.
By the power of the magic flute and bells, Tamino meets Pamina. They fall in love with each other immediately. Sarastro is revealed not as an evil man, but as high priest of the Sun. He has protected Pamina from her mother, whose ambition is to dominate the world.
Sarastro imposes three tests on Tamino. The first is the test of silence. When Tamino falls silent, Pamina, who knows nothing of the tests, is sorrowful, but they can endure this test. The scond test, 'Fire', and the third, 'Water' can be overcome with the help of the magic flute.
Papageno is also tested, but is unable to endure the tests. However, he can meet his beloved, Papagena, through the power of the magic bells.
The Queen of the Night is furious and tries to break into the temple of Sarastro. Hit by a thunderbolt, she is sent to hell. Sarastro blesses the union of Tamino and Pamina.
- Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – Die Zauberflöte
Cast / Production
Orquestra NovAria Filharmonia
Adolf Gassol, musical direction
Jaume Villanueva, stage director
Marta Finestres, choir director
Daniel Flores, children's ballet choreography
Sergi Giménez, artistic director
Cristina Raventós, production manager
Ballet infantil NovAria / Coro NovAria
Sarah Zhai, Pamina
Jesús Piñeiro, Tamino
Joan G. Gomà, Papageno
Sara Bañeras, Papagena
Danil Sayfullin, Sarastro
Mariam Guerra, Reina de la noche
Ángel Baile, Monostatos
Gisela Villamayor, First Lady
Lorena Aranda, Second Lady
Cecília Ferraioli, Third Lady
Victorina Pérez, First Genius
Susanna Mendoza, Second Genius
Grissel Ruiz, Third Genius
Jose Cabrero, First Guardian
Pablo Castillo, Second Guardian