The Magic Flute

Die Zauberflöte




Recording conducted by René Jacobs

A very good recording from 1950 in mono sound, without the spoken dialogue, features Irmgard Seefried, Anton Dermota, Wilma Lipp, Emmy Loose, and Erich Kunz, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan.  Available from

Among more recent recordings, with spoken dialogue, is one featuring Ruth Ziesak, Uwe Heilmann, Sumi Jo, Michael Kraus, and Kurt Moll, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti.  Available from

William Christie conducts Les Arts Florissants in an early-instruments recording of Die Zauberflöte starring Hans-Peter Blochwitz, Anton Scharinger, Natalie Dessay, and Rosa Mannion.  Available from

On March 7, 2005, Chandos released a recording of The Magic Flute in English translation. Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, New London Children's Choir, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The cast includes Simon Keenlyside as Papageno, and Barry Banks, Elizabeth Vidal, Rebecca Evans, Majella Cullagh, Sarah Fox, Diana Montague, Lesley Garrett, and John Tomlinson. The recording can be ordered from

Opera In English - Mozart: The Magic Flute / Mackerras




One of the best opera videos of all time is of The Magic Flute, directed by Ingmar Bergman in 1975.  Sung in Swedish with English subtitles.  Even many people who do not generally like opera can enjoy it as a film. Hakan Hagegard stands out as a very engaging Papageno. Bergman made some cuts, but, according to The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Opera on Video, they help to clarify the action. Available on VHS (for North America) from

Also on DVD from


Irma Urrila--Pamina

Birgit Nordin--Queen of the Night

Elisabeth Eriksson--Papagena

Josef Kostlinger--Tamino

Ragnar Ulfung--Monostatos

H�kan Hageg�rd--Papageno

Ulrik Cold--Sarastro

Swedish State Radio Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Eric Ericson

134 minutes