Deon van der Walt, Ulrike Sonntag, Cornelius Hauptmann, Andrea Frei, Thomas Mohr, Patricia Rozario. Chor und Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, stage direction by Axel Manthey. This is one of the most wondrous and simple stagings of Mozart's elevated Singspiel yet. As its musical attributes are almost as excellent, it's an experience no one with DVD should miss. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620. Chor und Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. Wolfgang Gönnenwein, stage direction by Axel Manthey. Deon van der Walt, Ulrike Sonntag, Cornelius Hauptmann, Andrea Frei, Thomas Mohr, Patricia Rozario.
In Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Mozart and his librettist Schikaneder brought off an extraordinary feat, uniting two seemingly unrelated theatrical genres-pantomime and straight play. The cast includes one exceptional singer, the soprano Ulrike Sonntag as Pamina, happily partnered by Deon Van Der Walt as Tamino. Thomas Mohr is the characterful Papageno, and Andrea Frei as the Queen of the Night does well with the coloratura runs of her fiendishly difficult arias, though she sounds less secure in her slow music. As Sarastro, Cornelius Hauptmann makes up for some wooden acting with his sonorous bass.
Singers: Tamino: Deon van der Walt Pamina: Ulrike Sonntag Sarasro: Cornelius Hauptmann Königin: Andrea Frei Papageno: Thomas Mohr Papagena: Patricia Rozario Erste Dame: Elizabeth Whitehouse Zweite Dame: Helene Schneidermann Dritte Dame: Renée Morloc. Chorus and Orchestra of the Ludwigsburger Festspiele. Director Music: Wolfgang Gönnenwein. Stage Director: Axel Manthey. Sets and Costumes: Alexander Lintl and Axel Manthey. Live from the Ludwigsburger Schlosstheater 1992. Original: Die Zauberflöte (Germany 1992) Genre: Oper. Regie/Director: Axel Manthey, Wolfgang Gönnenwein.
Recorded in 1992 at the Ludwigsburger Schlosstheater, this release from Art Haus Musik features a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's two-act opera Die Zauberflote.
Mozart, Verena Schweizer, Martina Borst, Andreas Schmidt (2), Deon van der Walt, Julie Kaufmann, Hans Georg Ahrens, Chor Und Orchester Der Ludwigsburger Festspiele, Wolfgang Gönnenwein - Così Fan Tutte KV 588. 3 versions. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
The German conductor, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, was the son of a church music director (KMD), and studied music and German Philosophy in Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Tübingen. After finishing his studies Wolfgang Gönnenwein took up his career as a conductor leading the Süddeutscher Madrigalchor in Stuttgart (from 1959), with whom he toured the Federal Republic of Germany, Western Europe and South America