The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte, 1791), created by the composer at the end of his life, not only tops the list of Mozart's most performed operatic pieces, but also enriches the standard repertoire of every opera theatre in the world. This particular opera is the only work, written by the inspired composer in a very short time for the Viennese suburban Freihaustheater auf der Wieden, where he collaborated with the then renowned librettist and actor, as well as the theatre's producer and director, Emanuel Schikaneder. It is also the only Mozart's creation based on the tradition of the Viennese Volkstheater ('People's Theatre'), magical opera classics as well as the so-called mechanical comedies. The Magic Flute is one of the composer’s distinctively different and also quite atypical operas in terms of its story, characters and stage effects and at the same time a logical continuation of his creative opus, at least regarding the way he tackles his themes, mostly inspired by the age of Enlightenment. Its story is based on the dramatization of the contents of an individual quest for emotional fulfillment. Through its fairy tale themed narrative this work of art unveils the situation in the society during the period of Enlightenment, which brought far-reaching social changes. Moreover, the story, filled with imaginative scenes, fantasy elements and magical talismans always addresses generationally diverse audiences.
This production is directed by Jaša Koceli, a successful Slovenian theatre director who already participated in the creation and staging of the Slovenian operatic novelty Julka and Janez on our theatre’s Stage -3. Musical direction of this production is in the hands of Maestro Jaroslav Kyzlink.