The Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is, on the one hand, a brilliant work in terms of music, drama and expression, and on the other – a mystery full of riddles and hidden meanings. The opera, which was completed and had its premiere at the end of September 1791, several dozen days before the composer’s death, continues to delight and inspire successive generations of artists and concert-goers.
The libretto for the two-act singspiel was prepared by the actor and playwright Emanuel Schikaneder, who also played the role of Papageno during the Viennese premiere. The last one of Mozart’s operas immediately won the hearts of the audience and brought huge financial success. The use of Masonic symbolism and the imminent death of the composer meant the work was shrouded in an aura of mystery, and the interpreters of the Viennese master’s music competed in coming up with more or less probable theories. In reality, however, the Masonic interpretation is only one of many possible; it remains a story about a journey, the fight between good and evil, the path to adulthood, striving for social harmony… These are, after all, universal themes, which Mozart embellishes with music that is extremely colourful and sometimes surprising.
MUSIC DIRECTOR DAWID RUNTZ
DIRECTOR ANDRZEJ KLIMCZAK
SET DESIGN AND COSTUMES MARLENA SKONECZKO
LIGHTING DESIGN MACIEJ IGIELSKI
CHORUS MASTER JAKUB SZAFRAŃSKI
CHOREOGRAPHY CONSULTANT JOANNA LICHOROWICZ-GREŚ
ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR / II CONDUCTOR KAROL SZWECH
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SŁAWOMIR JURCZAK
II ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AGNIESZKA KOZŁOWSKA
STAGE MANAGER AGNIESZKA ORLIKOWSKA
SARASTRO WOJTEK GIERLACH
TAMINO SYLWESTER SMULCZŃSKI
NARRATOR ADAM KRUSZEWSKI
PRIEST I GRZEGORZ ŻOŁYNIAK
PRIEST II MATEUSZ ZAJDEL
PRIEST III ADAM KRUSZEWSKI
THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT KATARZYNA DRELICH
PAMINA SONIA WARZYŃSKA-DETTLAFF
LADY I GABRIELA KAMIŃSKA
LADY II ANNA WIERZBICKA
LADY III KATARZYNA KRZYŻANOWSKA
PAPAGENO ROBERT GIERLACH
PAPAGENA AGNIESZKA KOZŁOWSKA
MONOSTATOS LESZEK ŚWIDZIŃSKI
SPIRIT I JUSTYNA RECZENIEDI
SPIRIT II ANNA PARYSZ-LIUBAJEVA
SPIRIT III MARTA WIKTORZAK
ARMED MAN I MATEUSZ ZAJDEL
ARMED MAN II GRZEGORZ ŻOŁYNIAK
DANCERS PATRYK GŁADYŚ, JOANNA LICHOROWICZ-GREŚ, KLAUDIA SZMYTKA, MARTA ŻABKA
MIME JERZY KLONOWSKI
CONDUCTOR DAWID RUNTZ
Duration: 2 h 50 min (with intermission)
The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.
Performance in the original language version.
PLEASE NOTE: the entrance to the Royal Theatre in Łazienki Park is located in Agrykola street.
One hour before the performance as well as for an hour after it is finished, the audience can use the electric cart running between the Royal Theater and the Łazienki Gate at the corner of Myśliwiecka / Agrykola streets.