The Organ Room Sessions

Björn Bürger

Björn Bürger performs arias from Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and Tannhäuser in the historic Glyndebourne Organ Room.

In the latest of the Organ Room Sessions – our new series of musical performances – Björn Bürger performs arias from Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and Tannhäuser.

Björn Bürger is playing Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at this summer’s Festival. Here he performs ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from the opera. He is accompanied by Kate Golla on piano.

After downing a glass of wine which has magically appeared before him, birdcatcher Papageno’s mind wanders to other pleasure, and sings about the wife he would like to make him truly happy. This he does in delightful, almost folk-like music that has all the directness and simplicity of the character himself.

In his second performance, Bürger has chosen selected ‘O du, mein holder Abendstern’ from Wagner’s Tannhäuser. In this piece, the minstrel Wolfram finds himself alone as night falls. Looking up into the twilight sky he sings a ravishing hymn to the Evening Star, who he prays will guide his beloved Elisabeth to heaven.

‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’
from Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Mozart

‘O du, mein holder Abendstern’
from Tannhäuser by Wagner
You can watch Die Zauberflöte in cinemas and for free online on Sunday 4 August 2019.

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