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Mozart: The Magic Flute / Martti Talvela, Edita Gruberova, Peter Schreier, Ileana Cotrubas, Christian Boesch, Ann Murray. Salzburg Festival, 1982, James Levine [DVD]

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This series of legendary performances comes from one of the world's most exhaustive catalogues of audio-visual productions. Arthaus Musik has chosen ten excellent recordings from the world's greatest opera houses to demonstrate how delightful and alluring the world of opera truly is. This exciting series features classics by composers such as Mozart, Gluck, and Puccini, conducted by stars like Riccardo Muti, Fabio Biondi, and Sir Charles Mackerras.

This outstanding production of Mozart's great opera Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) comes live from the 1982 Salzburg Festival. Stage Director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle has created a staging which became part of the Salzburg Festival for a decade after this performance, successfully establishing him as a legend in the opera world. James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra create a perfect blend of intelligence and lightness in their interpretation of Mozart's music, and the vocalists are some of the best of their generation. Included among these outstanding opera stars is Edita Gruberova, who was touted after this performance as "the best-ever Queen of the Night" by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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Run Time: 186 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish


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