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10 Essential Zauberflöte Clips to Enjoy (At Home)

Last night the Met streamed Julie Taymor's production of Die Zauberflöte featuring Charles Castronovo and Golda Schultz. Here are ten essential clips from Mozart's Masonic fairytale.

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Charles Castronovo and Golda Schultz as Tamino and Pamina in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Die Zauberflöte.

 

10. Sofia Fomina and Björn Bürger perform "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in Barbe and Doucet’s Glyndebourne staging in 2019. —FPD 

 

9. Laila Salome Fischer went viral singing the Queen of the Night aria while accompanying herself on ukulele. —HS 

 

8. This clip of Kiri Te Kanawa and Thomas Allen singing Pamina and Papageno's duet from the 1983 TV special Kiri and Friends is not only great fun: the vocalism is simply gorgeous. Te Kanawa and Allen seem to so naturally inhabit these characters that I can't help but wonder if Pamina and Papageno have ever been better performed. —AW 

 

 

7. Scenes from Die Zauberflöte performed by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre, using Ferenc Fricsay’s 1955 DG recording with the RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin. —FPD 

 

6. Magic Flute was the first opera I ever saw, and I bought the CD after the show, mostly so I could relisten to “Ach, ich fühl’s,” which was so pretty and so sad. —HS 

 

5. This is probably the most widely-shared clip of Flute around, but who can resist Diana Damrau’s iconic Queen of the Night? —EG 

 

4. From the delightful video of the August Everding production from the Bayerische Staatsoper come this endearing “Bei Männern,” pairing the winsome Lucia Popp and the gemütlich Wolfgang Brendel, a natural for Papageno if there ever was one. —LTG 

 

3. And this deeply felt “Ach, ich fühl’s” from Lucia Popp’s ideally vulnerable and humane Pamina. —LTG 

 

2. A very young Roberta Peters zips through “Der Hölle Rache.” —LTG  

 

1. Fritz Wunderlich was arguably the greatest Tamino of the twentieth century, and this clip from the 1965 Salzburg festival is especially poignant. The tenor, whose life was cut tragically short just a year after this clip was filmed, seems to have every nuance, tone, dynamic and mood at his disposal in his legendary interpretation of this aria. One can't help but feel that he and Mozart must've been cut from the same cloth. —AW 

 



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