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Zauberflöte 2006Edinburgh International Festival

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The 2006 Edinburgh International Festival was the last under the distinguished direction of Brian McMaster, though his skills in achieving a fascinating balance of music, theatre, dance and opera were undiminished. Undoubtedly the hottest tickets were for Claudio Abbado's final operatic performances in Edinburgh, in Die Zauberflöte. The Opéra de Lyon made a welcome return with Peter Stein's production of Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa and a double-bill of two Weill pieces, The Lindbergh Flight and The Seven Deadly Sins. The Festival mounted the world premiere of Stuart MacRae's first opera, The Assassin Tree, in a co-production with Covent Garden. In addition, three operas appeared in concert - Elektra to open and Mastersingers to close. Between those came a revelatory performance of Rossini's Lady of the Lake.

Only two performances were available for this result of a collaboration between several Italian houses. It was inevitable that tickets were like gold dust - deservedly so, with the veteran conductor, always a firm favourite in Edinburgh, now appearing less frequently than in the past. His direction of the musical side of the performance was peerless. Even if the production was not especially memorable, it was generally straightforward and gimmick-free - the sum was probably greater that its parts. Scotland had, after all, not seen a good production of the Flute for many years.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

Eric Cutler

First Lady in attendance on the Queen

Caroline Stein

Second Lady in attendance on the Queen

Heidi Zehnder

Third Lady in attendance on the Queen

Anne-Carolyn Schlüter

Papageno a bird-catcher

Andrea Concetti

Queen of Night

Erika Miklósa

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

Kurt Azesberger

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Julia Kleiter

Speaker at the Temple

Andreas Bauer

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

Georg Zeppenfeld

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Sylvia Schwartz

Performance DatesZauberflöte 2006

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Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

31 Aug, 19.15

Festival Square, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

2 Sep, 19.15

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