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This review is from: Mozart: Die Zauberflote [Bregenz 2013 Pountney] [Alfred Reiter, Norman Reinhardt, Ana Durlovski] [C Major: 713804] [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
David Pountney's set on the lake at Bregenz is a circular mobile island surrounded by water along which turtles, eggshells and other craft transport the cast, who also appear on a perilously high rope bridge high above the island which itself grows dense foliage, acts as a platform for the Queen of the Night, and transforms into Sarastro's temple. The whole is colourfully, magically lit, and the jaw drops with the beauty of it all.
With all this excitement the singing, (from people who are not household names in opera), could easily be an anti-climax, but it's not.
To my ears all the cast perform excellently well, coping easily with a moving set often packed with hazards. Oh yes, and the three boys and the three women are brilliantly done... but I won't spoil the surprise. There are even vast warriors on horseback.
I watched this immediately after Sir Colin Davis' Covent Garden performance with Diana Damrau, but, good though that is, if pushed I would choose to keep the Bregenz version. Covent Garden is more classic 'Magic Flute', but Bregenz is more magical entertainment. Yes, children will love it, and so did I.
Mozart: Die Zauberflote [Bregenz 2013 Pountney] [Alfred Reiter, Norman Reinhardt, Ana Durlovski] [C Major: 713804] [Blu-ray](6 customer reviews)