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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- The Magic Flute (The Metropolitan Opera HD)

"The Magic Flute on DVD! Experience Julie Taymor's breathtaking production of Mozart's timeless operatic fairy tale in an abridged, English-language presentation for families. This newly released DVD of Taymor's staging was featured as the inaugural transmission of the Met's Emmy Award-winning Live in HD series in 2006. Conducted by Met Music Director James Levine, the 110-minute production, with English translation by J.D. McClatchy, was created to appeal to music lovers of all ages. Heading the cast are Ying Huang as Pamina, Erika Miklósa as Queen of the Night, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, and René Pape as Sarastro."--product description at


"Mozart devotees should be aware that this child's portion, using J. D. McClatchy's mostly clear and appropriate translation, cuts about a third of the opera, leaving it at standard movie length. Some signature pieces vanish--important scenes for Pamina, half of the overture and most of Tamino's 'Dies Bildnis.'

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"In its eagerness to leave no child behind, this staging virtually becomes Papageno's opera, and Nathan Gunn is the perfect antidote to the longueurs elsewhere. His musical and comic timing is impeccable, and those acrobatic moves, some added for television no doubt, have the Gene Kelly blend of casual strength."
--David J. Baker, Opera News of December 2011.