The Magic Flute | Florian Sigl on Bringing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera to the Screen

Jack Wolfe in The Magic Flute

Jack Wolfe in The Magic Flute

There is something magical and mystical about The Magic Flute.

The original opera premiered over 230 years ago by German libretto Emanuel Schikaneder and music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Today, it’s a memorizing story amongst opera fans.

Despite being a well-known opera, the stage production doesn’t necessarily translate well onto the screen. And that’s the challenge from the director and writer Florian Sigl.

The cast includes Jack Wolfe, F. Murray Abraham, Iwan Rheon, Stefi Celma, Asha Banks, Stefan Konarske, Niamh McCormack, Amir Wilson, and Tedros Teclbrhan. Well-known international opera stars such as French soprano Sabine Devieilhe (Opera National de Paris), Mexican-French tenor Rolando Villazon, and U.S. bass Morris Robinson (Metropolitan Opera, New York) are among the ensemble cast.

Here is the official synopsis:

From executive producer Roland Emmerich (Moonfall) comes a captivating film that follows a teen on two journeys: one into a prestigious boarding school to fulfill his aspirations as a singer, and another into a parallel world filled with fantasy and adventure. Tim (Jack Wolfe) has been dreaming his whole life about attending Mozart All Boys Music School, but already his first days there confront him with a hostile headmaster (F. Murray Abraham), the stresses of a first love, and serious doubts about the authenticity of his singing voice. When he discovers a mystical gateway in the school’s library, he is pulled into the fantastic cosmos of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute, where imagination has no limits and the Queen of the Night (Sabine Devieilhe) reigns.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director and writer Florian Sigl on colliding the opera story with our modern world. We discussed reproducing famous scenes and adapting the story for the screen and the cast.

The Magic Flute is in theaters nationwide today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Florian Sigl below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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