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About the program

Quite a lot can be known about the origin and first production of The Magic Flute, and our source is Mozart himself. In the autumn of 1791, he wrote loving letters to his ailing wife, who was seeking remedy in Baden. In a letter he describes how at one of the performances he played a prank on Emmanuel Schikaneder, director of the Theater auf der Wieden (the theatre of the premiere) who wrote the libretto and played Papageno. From another, we learn about the enthusiastic praise he received from Antonio Salieri, whom he invited to one of the first performances, along with the charming Miss Cavalieri. Mozart did not have long to live at the time of the premiere, which was on 30 September 1791. Little did he suspect that German theatres would, in the years to come, mount productions that saw performances by the hundred.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute, K. 620 – overture
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major


Iván Fischer


Maria João Pires, piano