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Opera: The Magic Flute returns to the Estates Theatre

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Mozart’s final opera will be in the original German with a new staging

The intriguing story of The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), one of Mozart’s most loved works, will be retold by innovative Czech director Vladimír Morávek and staged in a fantastical world of collages by designer Miroslav Huptych.

The premiere, musically prepared by Jaroslav Kyzlink, is scheduled to take place on Feb. 5 and 7 at the Estates Theatre, where Mozart himself once conducted Don Giovanni.

The Magic Flute
(Die Zauberflöte)
By W.A. Mozart
When: Feb. 5, 7, 9, 15, 27; March 11, April 3, and June 16 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 15 also at 2 p.m.; May 15 at 8 p.m.
Where: Estates Theatre
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“Although I have conducted The Magic Flute many times, the new production at the Estates Theatre is extremely inspiring to me. In his brilliant music — which he composed late in life and, despite the seeming simplicity — Mozart put all of his experience and mastery, primarily combining patterns of that time’s clearly defined music rules with his own huge musical inventiveness,” conductor Kyzlink said in a press release.

“I am delighted that, along with the orchestra, the soloists and the chorus of the National Theatre Opera, we are thriving in blurring the aged sediments of past productions. With the experience of the previous version, we are discovering more beauty and detail in the score. I am convinced that even without replicas of the historical instruments, we will succeed in presenting the music of Mozart in accordance with the now indisputable rules of historically informed interpretation,” he added.

Director Morávek said he received the offer to directThe Magic Flute from Petr Kofroň, when he was barely a week into the rehearsals of a staging of the play Amadeus. “I then spent days listening to the magnificent music, and I wanted to cry and wash myself in the music and not go to sleep at night, but listen to it over, over and over again,” Morávek said. He often refers to the opera as The Flute from God in addition to the original title of the work.

This production adds the figure of Mozart himself, portrayed by Martin Donutil or Ondřej Mataj.

“We have now spent two months within the walls of the Estates Theatre. We have listened to Mozart’s music over and over again and tried to understand all the mishaps of the story. Again and again I begged them to take things seriously so that we do not have unnecessary things in the production,” Morávek said.

The cast for the various performances lists acrobats from Long Vehicle Circus in addition to noted singers and a choir.

The audience of the Estates Theatre will be able to see Mozart’s final opera 10 times during this season in the original German-language version with English and Czech surtitles.

The previous production of The Magic Flute at the Estates Theatre was directed by David Radok and premiered in 1993. It was performed in Czech and had 384 reprises.

The next opera premiere of the National Theatre will be Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov with musical preparation by artistic director of the opera, Petr Kofroň, directed by Linda Keprtová and featuring Mikhail Kazakov and Vitaly Jefanovem in the title role.

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