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Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, July 2015

Fusing music, technology and stagecraft, this exciting production gives Die Zauberflöte a refreshing new treatment that is both thrilling and simple in its approach. © 2015 My Classical Notes Read complete review

Patrick Dillon
Opera News, June 2015

MOZART, W.A.: Zauberflöte (Die) (DNO, 2014) (NTSC) OA1122D
MOZART, W.A.: Zauberflöte (Die) (DNO, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7133D

…the singers all do well enough, with a fine Pamina from Christina Landshamer and dramatically full portraits of the Queen and Sarastro by Íride Martínez and Brindley Sherratt… Marc Albrecht’s conducting follows the pattern set by that overture—crisp and brisk, with the cast occasionally scrambling to keep up. When his musicians all rise for the opera’s final bars, they look happy to be an active part of McBurney’s inclusive show. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review

Mike Ashman
Gramophone, May 2015

MOZART, W.A.: Zauberflöte (Die) (DNO, 2014) (NTSC) OA1122D
MOZART, W.A.: Zauberflöte (Die) (DNO, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7133D

This is a people’s Magic Flute which restores the tale’s naive power. It is sparkily conducted in light, historically aware tempi by Marc Albrecht, and acted and sung as a tightly worked ensemble piece. Any artificial glitter in the staging (visual or dramatic) has been left to one side in favour of personal relationships—ideal for this opera. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Hans de Groot
The WholeNote, April 2015

This is an inventive production set on a bare stage without any emphasis on theatrical illusion. Michael Levine’s set designs complement the production very well. The whole opera is well sung and there is no weak link in the cast. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review

Henson Keys
Parterre Box, March 2015

…I find this production to be the best Zauberflote of my experience, because it takes the trials of Tamino and Pamina very seriously, making their quest to find love a genuinely human experience and a very human effort to determine the nature of good and evil.

Director Simon McBurney has crafted a visually thrilling, very visceral production…

Conductor Marc Albrecht exudes joy and high spirits and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra responds with verve and elan. The overture in particular was an absolute delight. © 2015 Parterre Box Read complete review

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