The Magic Flute discography

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The first three notes from The Magic Flute

The following is a partial discography of the opera The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It was composed and first performed in 1791, the year of the composer's death. Since the first complete recordings in 1937, the opera has been recorded many times.

In the list below, "Year" indicates the date of the original recording. Most of these recordings have had multiple reissues, and in some cases are currently available on more than one label. The label information provided is usually the most recent issue of the recording, and where possible the release date has been provided.

Recordings[edit]

Audio[edit]

Year Cast
(Tamino; Pamina; Sarastro; Queen of the Night; Papageno)
Conductor, opera house and/or orchestral and choral forces Label information Notes
1937 Helge Rosvaenge
Jarmila Novotná
Alexander Kipnis
Júlia Osváth
Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender
Arturo Toscanini
Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera
Download only: Naxos 8110828-29
Released October 1999
Recording of a performance at the Salzburg Festival (30 July 1937)
Walther Ludwig
Trude Eipperle
Josef von Manowarda
Lea Piltti
Karl Schmitt-Walter
Joseph Keilberth
Reichsenders Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra
CD (2 discs): Preiser PR90254 Radio broadcast, recorded 10 December 1937
1937–38 Helge Rosvaenge
Tiana Lemnitz
Wilhelm Strienz
Erna Berger
Gerhard Hüsch
Thomas Beecham
Berlin Philharmonic and Favres Solisten Vereinigung
CD (2): Naxos 8110127-28 Recorded between 8 November 1937 and 8 March 1938
1942 Charles Kullman
Jarmila Novotná
Ezio Pinza
Josephine Antoine
John Brownlee
Bruno Walter
New York Metropolitan Opera
CD (2): Andromeda ANDRCD5020
Released July 2007
Recorded at the New York Met, 26 December 1942
1949 Walther Ludwig
Irmgard Seefried
Josef Greindl
Wilma Lipp
Karl Schmitt-Walter
Cast also includes: Gertrude Grob-Prandl
Paul Schöffler
Ernst Haefliger
Hermann Uhde
Wilhelm Furtwängler
Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera
CD (3): Orfeo C650053D
Released September 2005
Recording of a performance at the Salzburg Festival (27 July 1949)
1950 Anton Dermota
Irmgard Seefried
Ludwig Weber
Wilma Lipp
Erich Kunz
Herbert von Karajan
Wiener Philharmoniker and Singverein der Gesellschaft der Muskifreunde in Wien
CD (2): EMI Historical 3367692
Released November 2005
Dialogue not included
1953 Nicolai Gedda
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Mario Petri
Rita Streich
Giuseppe Taddei
Herbert von Karajan
RAI Roma chorus and orchestra
CD (2): Walhall WLCD001
Recorded from radio broadcast 20 December 1953, in Italian.
1954 Rudolf Schock
Teresa Stich-Randall
Josef Greindl
Wilma Lipp
Erich Kunz
Joseph Keilberth
Orchester des Westdeutschen Rundfunk
Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunks
CD (2): Capriccio C67157
Released January 2006
Recording of a radio broadcast, without dialogue, on 19 December 1954.
1955 Ernst Kozub
Elisabeth Grümmer
Gottlob Frick
Erika Köth
Günther Ambrosius
Georg Solti
Hessischer Rundfunk Orchestrra and Chorus
CD (2): Gala GL100743
Léopold Simoneau
Hilde Güden
Kurt Böhme
Wilma Lipp
Walter Berry
Karl Böhm
Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera
CD (2): Decca E4487342
Released January 1999
Without dialogue; first recording in stereo
Ernst Haefliger
Maria Stader
Kim Borg
Rita Streich
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Ferenc Fricsay
RIAS Symphonie-Orchester und Kammerchor
Download only: Naxos Classical Archives 980720-21
REleased September 2008
1956 Brian Sullivan
Lucine Amara
Jerome Hines
Roberta Peters
Theodor Uppman
Bruno Walter
New York Metropolitan Opera and Chorus
CD (2): Walhall WLCD0181
Released February 2007
Recording of a performance at the MET 3 March 1956: Sung in English
1958 Fritz Wunderlich
Maria van Dongen
Albert van Haasteren
Julianna Farkas
Jan Derksen
Bernard Haitink
Het Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
CD (2): Myto MCD00278
Released May 2011
Recording of a broadcast performance 24 May 1958
1959 Léopold Simoneau
Lisa Della Casa
Kurt Böhme
Erika Köth
Walter Berry
George Szell
Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera
CD (2):Gala GL100502 Recorded at the Salzburg Festival 27 July 1959
1960 Richard Lewis
Pilar Lorengar
Mihály Székely
Margareta Hallin
Geraint Evans
Colin Davis
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
CD (2): Walhall WLCD0323
Released February 2011
Recorded at the 1960 Glyndebourne Festival
Fritz Wunderlich
Liselotte Fölser
Gottlob Frick
Erika Köth
Walter Berry
Joseph Keilberth
Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera
CD (3):Andromeda ANDRCD9077
Released January 2011
Recorded at the Salzburg Festival, 12 August 1960
1964 Nicolai Gedda
Gundula Janowitz
Gottlob Frick
Lucia Popp
Walter Berry
Cast also includes:
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Christa Ludwig
Otto Klemperer
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
CD (2): EMI Great Recordings of the Century 5673852
Released August 2000
Dialogue not included
Fritz Wunderlich
Evelyn Lear
Franz Crass
Roberta Peters
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Cast also includes: Hans Hotter
Karl Böhm
Berliner Philharmoniker & RIAS Kammerchor
CD (2): DG Originals 4497492
Released February 1997
Fritz Wunderlich
Anneliese Rothenberger
Karl Christian Kohn
Erika Köth
Hermann Prey
Fritz Rieger
Münchner Philharmoniker und Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
CD (3): Golden Melodram Opera Live GM50027
Released Jone 2010
Recorded at the Nationaltheater, Munich, 26 July 1964
1969 Stuart Burrows
Pilar Lorengar
Martti Talvela
Cristina Deutekom
Hermann Prey
Cast also includes: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as the Speaker
Georg Solti
Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor
CD (3): Decca Originals 4780394
Released June 2008
1970 Peter Schreier
Helen Donath
Theo Adam
Sylvia Geszty
Günther Leib
Otmar Suitner
Staatskapelle Dresden & Rundfunkchor Leipzig
CD (3): RCA Victor 6511-2-RG
Released 1987
1972 Peter Schreier
Anneliese Rothenberger
Kurt Moll
Edda Moser
Walter Berry
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Bayerischen Staatsoper orchestra and chorus
CD (2): EMI Electrola Collection 0882742
Released November 2011
1975 Josef Köstlinger
Irma Urrila
Ulrik Cold
Birgit Nordin
Håkan Hagegård
Eric Ericson
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir
SR Records/EMI RXLP 1226/28 (LP) / 7498712 (CD reissue) The actual soundtrack to the 1975 film of the same name; recorded in Cirkus April-May 1974
1980 Francisco Araiza
Edith Mathis
José van Dam
Karin Ott
Gottfried Hornik
Herbert von Karajan
Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus
CD (2): DG Opera! 4779115
Released August 2011
Éric Tappy
Ileana Cotrubaș
Martti Talvela
Zdzisława Donat
Christian Boesch
James Levine
Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor
CD (3): RCA Victor 82876-87760-2
Released August 2006
1984 Peter Schreier
Margaret Price
Kurt Moll
Luciana Serra
Mikael Melbye
Colin Davis
Dresdener Staatskapelle und Kreuzchor, Leipziger Rundfunkchor
CD (2): Decca Duo 4425682
1987 Hans Peter Blochwitz
Barbara Bonney
Matti Salminen
Edita Gruberová
Anton Scharinger
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Zurich Opera Orchestra and Chorus
CD (2): Teldec 2292427162
1989 Francisco Araiza
Kiri Te Kanawa
Samuel Ramey
Cheryl Studer
Olaf Bär
Neville Marriner
Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Ambrosian Opera Chorus
CD (2): Philips 426 276-2
Released September 1990
Stefan Dahlberg
Ann Christine Biel
László Polgár
Birgit Louise Frandsen
Mikael Samuelson
Arnold Östman
Drottningholm Palace Theatre Orchestra and Chorus
CD (2): Decca 4700562
Released July 2002
1990 Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Dawn Upshaw
Cornelius Hauptmann
Beverly Hoch
Andreas Schmidt
Roger Norrington
London Classical Players and Schütz Choir of London
CD (2): Virgin Veritas 4820732
Released February 2005
Uwe Heilmann
Ruth Ziesak
Kurt Moll
Sumi Jo
Michael Kraus
Georg Solti
Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor
CD (2): Decca Opera Sets E4332102
1991 Jerry Hadley
Barbara Hendricks
Robert Lloyd
June Anderson
Thomas Allen
Charles Mackerras
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and chorus
CD (2): Telarc 2CD80727
Released December 2008
1992 Kurt Streit
Barbara Bonney
Kristinn Sigmundsson
Sumi Jo
Gilles Cachemaille
Arnold Östman
Drottingholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus
CD (2): Decca Operas 4783443
Released February 2012
1993 Herbert Lippert
Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz
Kurt Rydl
Hellen Kwon
Georg Tichy
Michael Halász
Failoni Orchestra, Hungarian Festival Chorus
CD (2): Naxos Opera Classics 8660030-31
1995 Michael Schade
Christiane Oelze
Harrie Peeters
Cyndia Sieden
Gerald Finley
John Eliot Gardiner
English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
CD (2): DG Archiv E4491662
1995 Hans Peter Blochwitz
Rose Mannion
Reinhard Hagen
Natalie Dessay
Anton Scharinger
William Christie
Les Arts Florissants
CD (2): Erato 2564677426
2004 Christoph Genz
Suzie Le Blanc
Cornelius Hauptmann
Isolde Siebert
Stephan Genz
Sigiswald Kuijken
La petite bande
CD (3): Brilliant Classics Opera Collection 94239 Released October 2011 Recorded at the Festival d'Opéra Baroque de Beaune, 2–4 July 2004
Barry Banks
Rebecca Evans
John Tomlinson
Elisabeth Vidal
Simon Keenlyside
Charles Mackerras
London Philharmonic Orchestra with the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
CD (2): Chandos CHAN 3121
2005 Christoph Strehl
Dorothea Röschmann
René Pape
Erika Miklósa
Hanno Müller-Brachmann
Claudio Abbado
Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Arnold Schönberg Chor
CD (2): DG 4775789
2009 Daniel Behle
Marlis Petersen
Marcos Fink
Anna-Kristiina Kaappola
Daniel Schmutzhard
René Jacobs
RIAS Kammerchor
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
CD (3); HMC 902 068 70 Almost-complete original libretto

Video[edit]

Year Cast
(Tamino; Pamina; Sarastro; Queen of the Night; Papageno)
Conductor, opera house and/or orchestral and choral forces Label information Notes
1964 Waldemar Kmentt
Pilar Lorengar
Walter Kreppel
Roberta Peters
Walter Berry
István Kertész
Vienna State Opera and Philharmonic
DVD: VAI 4520
Released June 2010
Recording of a performance at the Salzburg Festival (1964)
1968 Peter Schreier
Helen Donath
Theo Adam
Sylvia Geszty
Günther Leib
Otmar Suitner
Dresdner Staatskapelle und Leipziger Rundfunkchor Chor
DVD: DG Unitel 0734106
Released November 2005
1971 Nicolai Gedda
Edith Mathis
Hans Sotin
Cristina Deutekom
William Workman (opera singer)
Horst Stein
Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg und Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper
DVD: Arthaus Musik
Released 2007
A film, with the singers lip-synching a previously-sung recording
1975 Josef Köstlinger
Irma Urrila
Ulrik Cold
Birgit Nordin
Håkan Hagegård
Eric Ericson
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Swedish Radio Choir
Film directed by Ingmar Bergman
DVD:
Criterion #71
SVT/Svensk Filmindustri 532242
A film, with the singers lip-synching a previously-sung recording (see above and The Magic Flute (1975 film))
1978 Leo Goeke
Felicity Lott
Thomas Thomaschke
May Sandoz
Benjamin Luxon
Bernard Haitink
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
DVD: Arthaus Musik 101085
Released June 2004
1980 Peter Schreier
Magdalena Falewicz
Siegfried Vogel
Isabella Nawe
Jürgen Freier
Otmar Suitner
Berlin State Opera Chorus and Orchestra
? A video performance given in Japan; sung in German with Japanese subtitles
1982 Peter Schreier
Ileana Cotrubaș
Martti Talvela
Edita Gruberová
Christian Boesch
James Levine
Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor
DVD: Arthaus Musik 107199
Released October 2011
1983 Francisco Araiza
Lucia Popp
Kurt Moll
Edita Gruberová
Wolfgang Brendel
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Bayerischen Staatsoper orchestra and chorus
DVD: DG 0734106
Released 2005
Recorded at the Bavarian State Opera 19–20 September 1983
1991 Francisco Araiza
Kathleen Battle
Kurt Moll
Luciana Serra
Manfred Hemm
James Levine,
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
DVD: DG 073 003-9
Released 2000
Recorded at the New York Met, February 1991
1992 Deon Van Der Walt
Ulrike Sonntag
Cornelius Hauptmann
Andrea Frei
Thomas Mohr
Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Ludwigsburger Festspiele
DVD: Arthaus Musik 100188 Recorded at the Ludwigsburg Festival, August 1992
2000 Piotr Beczała
Malin Hartelius
Matti Salminen
Elena Mosuc
Anton Scharinger
Franz Welser-Möst
Zurich Opera
DVD: TDK – DVOPMF
Piotr Beczała
Dorothea Röschmann
Matti Salminen
Natalie Dessay
Detlef Roth
Iván Fischer
Opéra National de Paris
DVD: Arthaus Musik 107233 Released February 2011 Recorded at the Palais Garnier, Paris, December 2000
2003 Will Hartmann
Dorothea Röschmann
Franz-Josef Selig
Diana Damrau
Simon Keenlyside[1]
Colin Davis
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
directed by David McVicar
Blu-ray: Opus Arte OABD7002D
DVD: Opus Arte OAHD5002D
Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 27 January 2003
2007 Christoph Strehl
Julia Kleiter
Matti Salminen
Elena Moșuc
Ruben Drole
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Zurich Opera
DVD: DG 00440 073 4367

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ DVD at Naxos

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