During the festival „Mozart in Schönbrunn" everybody
kept on despite rain and storm. Nothing could prevent the opening of the new version of Robert
Herzl of Mozarts opera „The Magic Flute". Also the audience kept to their seats - three hours
, no interval. Although with
watertight clothes and with umbrellas.
Papageno in full Speed
Indestructible : the performers - even during sudden downpours
they kept on, more delicate reactions from the musicians. Twice the orchestra had to be covered
up to save instruments in danger.
During fair summer evenings it will display its full
charm. Because Robert Herzl and Pantelis Dessyllas, a Jack-of-all-Trades, who transformed
the artificial baroque "Roman Ruin" to a realm full of surprises. Starlight, galleries
of fire and water, steaming abysses
and subterrean labyrinths appear between the old trees in the park of Schönbrunn Castle.
Mozart together with fire-wizard Herzl integrates the historic architecture into the play and
creates an aura of fairytales around the characters.
Johannes Wildner a perfect Mozart-conductor,
the young singers a balanced team.
Simon Yangs as mighty Sarastro, Marc Lear a reliable Tamino, the Papageno of Hans Peter a
Yelda Kodalli masters fearlessly the two difficult arias of the Nightly Queen and
Ildiko Raimondi a sympathetic Pamina, Birgit Steinberger a funny Papagena, Manuel von Senden
a serious Monostatos.
"Königin der Nacht" Yelda Kodalli & "Tamino"
Text & Picture : Neue Kronenzeitung