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Zauberflöte 1869Italian Opera Company

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This was the first-ever performance of The Magic Flute in Scotland.

Being staged by Mapleson's Italian Opera from London, it was actually called Il flauto magico and sung in Italian translation (by Giovanni da Gamerra, librettist of Mozart's early opera seria Lucio Silla). The performance was far from ideal, the text being heavily cut. While the famous performers of Pamina, Papageno and Sarastro were good, the Queen of Night's arias were transposed down a tone, and even then not entirely satisfactory, and the Tamino delivered his music in a very rough style, inappropriate for Mozart. The Scotsman also suggests that Mathilde Bauermeister did not sing her advertised role of Third Lady, but instead one of the Three Boys.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

Carlo Bulterini

First Lady in attendance on the Queen

Miss Cruise

Second Lady in attendance on the Queen

Sofia Scalchi

Third Lady in attendance on the Queen

Mathilde Bauermeister

Papageno a bird-catcher

Charles Santley

Queen of Night

Mdlle Vanzini

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

Charles Lyall

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Therese Tietjens

Speaker at the Temple

Signor Campi

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

Signor Foli

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Clarice Sinico

First Armed Man

Signor Bolli

Second Armed Man

Signor Agretti

Performance DatesZauberflöte 1869

Map List

Theatre Royal, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

4 Mar, 19.30 6 Mar, 19.30

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