Salzburg Festival 2012: Das Labyrinth
|Composer:||Peter von Winter|
|Orchestra:||Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg / Salzburger Bachchor|
|Director:||Peter Schönhofer / Stage Director: Alexandra Liedtke|
|Producers:||A production of ZDF/3sat and UNITEL in cooperation with Salzburg Festival and CLASSICA|
2012 marked the 200th anniversary of the death of Emanuel Schikaneder, certainly one of the most original and influential theater impresarios of his time and generation. What is less well-known is the fact that Schikaneder himself wrote a second part for The Magic Flute, entitled Das Labyrinth oder Der Kampf mit den Elementen (The Labyrinth, or the Struggle with the Elements). Schikaneder entrusted this work to the Bavarian composer Peter von Winter, widely celebrated in Vienna at the time. Ivor Bolton conducts his Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra energetically, smoothly and elegantly, bringing out the best in Winter’s charming music with its cleverly interwoven echoes of Mozart. The soloists are from the top drawer: Michael Schade triumphs as Tamino, while Thomas Tatzl and Anton Scharinger are a brilliant young and old Papageno. Coloratura soprano Julia Novikova is in full command of her role as the Queen of the Night.