A magic flute with a Nordic touch

An enchanting take on a magical piece: Mozart’s The Magic Flute performed in Rome.
The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia brings Wolf Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute to Rome, presented by Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

The orchestra was founded in 1982 in East Berlinand quickly established itself as one of the most important groups in the world. Over a million records sold testify to the international reputation of the orchestra, and this edition of the philological Mozart's masterpiece, in concert form, already recorded for Harmonia Mundi, has received numerous awards.

A twenty-year long artistic collaboration unites the ensemble and conductor René Jacobs who directs Mozart's masterpiece performed on instruments from the peropd and a voice cast, which includes the Swedish soprano Miah Persson (Pamina), the Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu (Tamino), Turkish soprano Burcu Uyar (Queen of the Night), and Markus Fink (Sarastro). A highly original reading of Jacobs which renders an enigmatic and innovative Magic Flute.

This is not the first time that the Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu plays Tamino performs in tandem with Miah Persson. The tight-knit duo will once more undoubtedly give its best.

Topi Lehtipuu, aged 41, studied piano, violin, singing and choral conducting at the SibeliusAcademyin Helsinkiunder the guidance of Peter Lindroos and Howard Crook. Born in Australia, he is a Finnish citizen, but resides in Paris. With vocal talent and a strong musicality, Topi Lehtipuu commands an impressive stage presence, and is today one of the most respected operatic tenors of the European scene.

After his debut at the Finnish National Opera in the title role of Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, he was invited to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris to play the role of Tamino (Die Zauberflöte). Then to the Savonlinna Opera Festival and again in Helsinki Opera to debut in the role of Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail). He was a resounding success in his role of Tamino at the Teatro Regio in Turin, under the direction of Fabio Biondi in 2006.

Lehtipuu, as well as being an appreciated interpreter of Mozart's operatic repertoire, has devoted himself with success to the baroque repertoire. He has performed works by Mozart and Stravinsky with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, Sala Santa Cecilia at 20.30
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