Die Zauberflote PapagenoDie Zauberflöte (“The Magic Flute”) is one of Mozart’s last masterpieces, premiered in Vienna in 1791, just few months before the composer’s untimely death. Die Zauberflöte was composed to a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, who was also the impresario of the Theater auf der Wieden (where the opera premiered) and who created the role of Papageno. It is written in Singspiel form, a genre which includes both spoken dialogue and singing. The opera reveals Masonic influence, reminding of the composer’s link with Masonic lodges. Symbolism is therefore one of the main elements of the story of Tamino and Pamina, the hero and heroine of the story, who crown their love after many trials of initiation and after the defeat of the evil Queen of the Night.

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Mozart Die Zauberflöte Strehl Röschmann AbbadoDie Zauberflöte

Dorothea Röschmann, Christoph Strehl, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, René Pape, Erika Miklosa
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon, 2006

“This is the first recording of Die Zauberflöte conducted by Claudio Abbado, made in a late stage of his career. An internationally acclaimed perfomer of Verdi and Rossini operas, Abbado recorded Mozart’s final masterpiece during a series of live performances at the Teatro Comunale in Modena with a fine cast of young singers, including Dorothea Röschmann, who can be considered the best Pamina of our time.” Read review >>>

Mozart Die Zauberflöte Hartmann Röschmann Damrau DavisDie Zauberflöte

Will Hartmann, Dorothea Röschmann, Diana Damrau, Simon Keenlyside, Franz-Joseph Selig
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Colin Davis, conductor

Opus Arte, 2003

This production of Die Zauberflöte was staged at the Royal Opera House in London in 2003. Featuring an amazing cast, a first-rate conductor and a nice though at times inconsistent staging, this is one of the nicest and best Zauberflöte released in the last years. Read review >>>

Mozart Die Zauberflote KarajanDie Zauberflöte

José van Dam, Francisco Araiza, Karin Ott, Edith Mathis, Gottfried Hornik

Chor der Deutsche Oper Berlin
Chorus Master: Walter Hagen-Groll
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon, 1980

When you think about Mozart’s discography, the name of conductor Herbert von Karajan stands out both for quality and quantity of recordings. He recorded Die Zauberflöte several times, beginning with the recording made in 1950 with Irmgard Seefried, Wilma Lipp, Anton Dermota and Erich Kunz and returning to the Singspiel repeatedly in the next decades. The present review refers to the recording released in 1980.  Read review >>>

Mozart - Die Zauberflote Wunderlich Lear Fischer-Dieskau BohmDie Zauberflöte

Franz Crass, Fritz Wunderlich, Roberta Peters, Evelyn Lear, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Lisa Otto

RIAS Kammerchor
Berliner Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon, 1964

Among many “classical” recordings of Die Zauberflöte, the one conducted by Karl Böhm is the most classical of all. With the measure and inspiration of the conduction, as well as its fine cast, this is still one of the most significant recordings of Mozart’s Singspiel, despite it was recorded more than fifty years ago. Read review >>>