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Mozart’s “Magic Flute” with Sir Simon Rattle Live recording from the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

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On 23 March 2013, this internationally acclaimed opera production at the Festspielhaus not only opened the Berliner Philharmoniker’s first Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, celebrated by critics and audiences alike, but also marked the first live performance of The Magic Flute by the orchestra. The recording of the production is the fourth of the work by the Berliner Philharmoniker, following studio productions with Sir Thomas Beecham (1937/38), Karl Böhm (1964) and Herbert von Karajan (1980). With this production, Sir Simon Rattle conducted The Magic Flute for the first time.

“Let’s not forget what a raging masterpiece the Magic Flute is, and how different it was from anything anyone had done before – even Mozart.”
Sir Simon Rattle

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The top quality DVD and Blu-ray editions include extensive booklets with introductory texts, biographies and numerous photos. Audiovisual bonus material includes introductions to the work by both Sir Simon Rattle and Robert Carsen, and a background video about the rehearsals, performances and concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the 2013 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. This release is available exclusively from the shop of the Berlin Philharmonie as well as the online shop of the Berliner Philharmoniker and from selected retailers.

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Pavol Breslik Tamino
Kate Royal Pamina
Dimitry Ivashchenko Sarastro 
Ana Durlovski
 The Queen of Night 
Michael Nagy Papageno
Regula Mühlemann Papagena
Annick Massis First Lady
Magdalena Kožená Second Lady
Nathalie Stutzmann Third Lady
José van Dam  Speaker 
James Elliott Monostatos 
David Rother*  First Boy
Cedric Schmitt*  Second Boy
Joshua Augustin*  Third Boy
Andreas Schager  First Priest
Jonathan Lemalu  Second Priest 
Benjamin Hulett First Armoured Man
David Jerusalem  Second Armoured Man
*Soloists of the Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw

Rundfunkchor Berlin
Simon Halsey  Chorus Master

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle  Conductor

Robert Carsen  Stage Director
Michael Levine  Sets
Olivier Simonnet TV Director

Petra Reinhardt  Costumes
Robert Carsen, Peter van Praet  Lighting
Martin Eidenberger Video
Ian Burton Dramaturg

Recorded live at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 1 April 2013

Video trailer