2013, London ROH, Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte

Photo of Ann Lander, published on Twitter

Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist : Emanuel Schikaneder
Venue and Dates : Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
3,7,9 May 2013

Conductor :
Julia Jones
Director : Lee Blakeley (revival of the 2003 McVicar production)
Designs : John McFarlane
Lighting : Paule Constable
Choreography : Leah Hausman
Performers :
Pamina :  Sophie Bevan
Tamino: Andrew Staples
Papageno: Simon Keenlyside
Papagena: Susana Gaspar
Queen of the night: Albina Shagimuratova
Speaker: Sebastian Holecek
Monostatos :


Sound bites

Mark Ronon, 6.5.2013

“A new set of principals for Zauberflöte in May saw Simon Keenlyside as Papageno, Andrew Staples as Tamino, Sophie Bevan as Pamina, and Matthew Rose as Sarastro. …  Her Mann und Weib duet with Simon Keenlyside’s Papageno was a charming vignette, beautifully staged with Paule Constable’s warm lighting. Keenlyside himself was a delightful Papageno, whose funny accent in German helped emphasise his simple nature. His singing was wonderful, his movement superb and those little jumps — terrific. He was also very funny, banging into a stone wall by accident at one point. …”

Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine, June 2013

” … Returning to the role he created when the staging was new in 2006, Simon Keenlyside is now beginning to sound like a veteran birdcatcher, although his athletic leaping around in Act 2 seemed to belie his age. His characterization of Papageno seems less spontaneous, more self-consciously klutzy then it did seven years ago, but that’s perhaps understandable for a singer who is now more than ’28 Jahr und 13 Millionen Minuten’. …”

Gerhard Ottinger, Der neue Merker, 5/2013

” … Simon Keenlyside, der Einzige, der schon 2003 dabei gewesen war, dominierte die Bühne als ganz großartiger Papageno, …”

” … Simon Keenlyside, the only singer who was part of the 2003 cast, dominated the stage as a marvellous Papageno, …”

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Sue May 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

The Spectator has a review of Die Zauberflote, I assume of the 9 May performance.
‘Simon Keenlyside’s Papageno is even more moving than it was, one of the half-dozen or so definitive operatic characterisations I have seen. ‘

Kew May 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm


The Seen and Heard International has a review on the 7 May performance of Die Zauberflote. http://www.seenandheard-international.com/2013/05/10/zauberflote-lacks-mysticism-and-magic/


Sue May 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Lovely photos of a magical production – thank you all.
Note that the ROH programme states that Simon’s future plans include returns (note the plural) to the MET. Eyes peeled for more news please.

Elizabeth Paciello March 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Me too!
This is the one on the dvd, have already seen it at Covent Garden a few years ago, Simon was such a brill Papageno!
And Eugene Onegin? – wow! – what treats ahead! – all spare pennies in moneybox from now on!

Jane March 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Yippee! Must see this!

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