Performed: - Gustav-Adolf-Straße 2, 13086 Berlin, Germany, Jul 17 - Jul 18, 2019
It was a beautiful experience to direct DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE , Mozart’s behemoth of the German repertoire for the Berlin Opera Academy, an incredible place to prepare emerging international opera singers for the particular German opera world.
The location is the gorgeous Delphi theatre, empty save for one singer studying his part of Tamino, and another - cast as Papagena – trying on the Queen´s costume. The ouverture goes into the first Allegro part and the company breaks into the space, their theatre, but now the location of a party.
What starts as a prank played on a nerdy colleague, scaring him with a stupid snake head from behind the bar, slowly grows in seriousness, as the performers, bit by bit, enter into the world of their roles. Relationships of their contemporary selves start to fray as the operatic “reality” takes over. When the night is over something has happened. DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE has happened and affected everyone with its power.
Conductor: Tom Seligman
Scenic Designer and Costume Supervisor: Katherine Hind
Scenic and Props Apprentice: Maianh Le
Costume Apprentices: Brett Rose & Iris Harmon
Apprentice Director: Arthur Makaryan
Assistant Directors: Lou Broult & Madeline Claire deBerrie
Stage Management: Bridget O’Brien
Pamina – Graciela Morales, Bonnie Frauenthal
Tamino – Joon Ho Pak, Chen Xu
Königin – Bryndis Guðjónsdóttir, Jasmine Munns
Papageno – Paul Robert Hainey, Chris Head
Papagena – Grace Lerew, Lydia Brown
Monostatos – Fabian Düberg, Benjamin Hopkins
Sprecher – Pawel Slusarz, Bruno Sciaini
Sarastro – Bruno Sciaini, Pawel Slusarz
1st Dame – Mikayla Tate, Astrid Montén
2nd Dame – Victoria Hodgkinson, Thera Barclay
3rd Dame – Olivia Ericsson, Rebecca Cuddy
1st Kind – Jimin Park, Catarina Muoro
2nd Kind – Gloria Mojica, Ursula Searle
3rd Kind - Claudia Sosin, Ashlyn Taylor
Geharnischter Mann 1 - Benjamin Hopkins, Fabian Düberg
Geharnischter Mann 2 – Pawel Slusarz, Bruno Sciaini
Names first mentioned perform that role on the evening of Wednesday, July 17th, 19.30h, names second mentioned on Thursday July 18th, 19.30h.
Off-night singers are the chorus.
Photography: Benjamin Ray Miner and Detlef Kurth (Photos 13, 20)