Our dramaturge Antonio Cuenca Ruiz introduces Die Zauberflöte.
These days he is a two-time winner of Opernwelt’s award for ‘Opera Director of the Year’, but for the longest time, it didn’t look like Romeo Castellucci would tackle the art form at all. Until 2011, when La Monnaie invited him to work on Richard Wagner’s Parsifal. What followed is operatic history. In this video portrait, the director reveals his artistic credo and returns to his previous stagings at La Monnaie.
La Monnaie opens the 2018-19 season with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s iconic opera ‘Die Zauberflöte’ in an original interpretation by Romeo Castellucci. The production boasts a five-star cast with, playing the part of the Queen of the Night, one of the leading European opera singers of the moment: Sabine Devieilhe, whose career we outline below.
For our production of ‘Die Zauberflöte’ – one of Mozart’s most famous works and one of the most beloved of the entire operatic repertoire –, director Romeo Castellucci asked the architect Michael Hansmeyer to design the set of the first act. Hansmeyer in turn collaborated with Factum Arte to create the gigantic architectural shapes he generated by algorithms.
Creator of shows that, by their visual power, fascinate as much as they question, Romeo Castellucci is much in the public eye. At the beginning of the 2018-2019 season, he revisits for la Monnaie the famous opera ‘Die Zauberflöte’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The playwright Piersandra Di Matteo, one of his close collaborators, depicts the artist in the following portrait.