The Magic Flute
Probably Mozart’s best-known opera, The Magic Flute was created by the composer with his gifted librettist Emanuel Schikaneder in 1791. Jens-Daniel Herzog’s production presents the story as a clash of two worlds: on one side, the world of light and rationality; on the other, the world of night, feelings, imagination and dreams. Tamino and his strange-looking companion, the bird-catcher Papageno, are sent by the Queen of Night to rescue her daughter, the beautiful Pamina, who has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. But they later discover that Sarastro is not a cruel sorcerer, and that he has good reasons for wanting to protect Pamina from her mother. Tamino and Papageno must undergo a series of trials to win the hands of their true loves, until at last the Queen of Night is defeated and Sarastro can celebrate the victory of the Sun over Darkness.