Between opera and silent cinema: Return to Teatro Real Die Zauberflöte, in a production of Barrie Kosky 

La flauta mágica, Teatro Real 2020 © Javier del Real (1)

They offer 13 functions between 19 January and 24 February in  production l stage director Barrie Kosky, with Ivor Bolton in musical direction. The production, inspired by the silent films of the 20s and references of comic and pop art, lacks decorations and in it the singers interact with the projections of an ingenious animated film.



Teatro Real will begin the new year with the replacement of the dazzling production of Die Zauberflöte, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conceived by Suzanne Andrade, Paul Barritt and Barrie Kosky, presented with great success on their stage in January 2016. 


On this occasion will be offered 13 functions, between January 19 and February 24, again with the musical director of Teatro Real, Ivor Bolton, in front of a double cast, of the Choir and Orchestra of Teatro Real and of the Little Singers of JORCAM.

The creative and thrilling staging of the Australian director Barrie Kosky, premiered at the Comic Opera in Berlin in 2012, returns to Die Zauberflöte its character of moral allegory for all audiences, but with multiple interpretative layers ─from the children’s story to reflection philosophical─, aesthetic references “from surrealist cinema to comic”, and complicit winks to the viewer.


The production lacks decorations and in it the singers interact – with very little mobility and meticulous and precise acting work – with the projections of an animated film full of rhythm, humor and imagination. In the spoken parts of the opera – actually a singspiel, which mixes spoken and sung text – the dialogues appear projected on posters and accompanied by the pianoforte by Ashok Gupta, who will interpret fragments of the Fantasy in C minor of Mozart.

A double cast will alternate in the performances giving life to the main characters ─Andrea Mastroni and Rafal Siwek(Sarastro / Speaker), Stanislas de Barbeyrac and Paul Appleby(Tamino), Albina Shagimuratova, Aleksandra Olczyk and Rocío Pérez (The Queen of the Night ), Anett Fritsch and Olga Peretyatko (Pamina), Ruth Rosique(Papagena), Andreas Wolfand Joan Martín-Royo(Papageno) and Mikeldi Atxalandabaso (Monostatos), who will be seconded by the three ladies of  Elena Copons, Gemma Coma-Alabert,Marie-Luise Dreßen and the two men in armor played by Antonio Lozano and Felipe Bou.


In the pit will be the musical director of Teatro Real, Ivor Bolton, a great expert in Mozart’s work and headline between 2004 and 2014 of Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, where he has dedicated more than 10 years to the interpretation of the classical repertoire in the cradle of the composer. 


Bolton will once again lead Choir and Orchestra Teatro Real, in one of the most popular operatic titles, which will be presented for the fourth time at the reopened Teatro Real after having done so in January 2001 (Frans Brüggen / Marco Arturo Marelli), July 2005 (Marc Minkowski / La Fura dels Baus) and January 2016, with this same production.

The success of this scenic and dramaturgical proposal lies in its enormous ease in communicating with the public, its humor, its waste of creativity and complicity with the viewer through a visual universe in which Mozartian characters from two centuries ago arrive at the naturally turned into referents as close to us as a gallant Rodolfo Valentino (Tamino), a seductive pizpireta like Louise Brooks (Pamina), an evil like the terrible Nosferatu (Monostatos), or a hilarious, clumsy and naive Buster Keaton ( Papageno) …


The absence of a traditional set, with a ‘virtual scenery’ reduced to the presence of a screen on stage, forces singers to act with enormous concentration, acting talent and synchronized movements, which must have the freshness of the gag and watchmaking precision in its coordination with the projection of the drawings.


Coinciding with the functions of Die Zauberflöte has been organized parallel activities related to Mozart’s opera and the silent films of the 20s that inspired the dramaturgy and scenic proposal of the production that will be seen on its stage.  

The functions of Die Zauberflöte They are sponsored by the BBVA Foundation as part of their Music program, which is conceived as a complete journey through the different ways in which society can benefit and enjoy this artistic manifestation.