Mozart’s fantastical singspiel The Magic Flute premiered on September 30th 1791 at the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna.
According to Operabase, The Magic Flute was the 4th most often performed opera in the 5 seasons to the end of 2013, with 464 performances.
This production is from the 2012 Salzburg festival, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with Concentus Musicus Wien and the Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus.
The cast: Georg Zeppenfeld, Sarastro/ Bernard Richter, Tamino/ Mandy Fredrich, The Queen of Night/ Julia Kleiter, Pamina, her daughter / Sandra Trattnigg, First Lady / Anja Schlosser, Second Lady/ Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Third Lady/ Markus Werba, Papageno/ Elisabeth Schwarz, Papagena/ Rudolf Schasching, Monostatos, a Moor.
The image is a star-spangled backdrop for the appearance of the Königin der Nacht (The Queen of the Night) created for the opera in 1816 by the Prussian architect and city planner Karl Friedrich Schinkel.