From the Bavarian State Opera, Munich: "Die Zauberflöte" (The Magic Flute) by Wolfgang Mozart; conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, staged by August Everding. With Kurt Moll (Sarastro), Edita Gruberova (The Queen of the Night), Francisco Araiza (Tamino), Lucia Popp (Pamina), Wolfgang Brendel (Papageno). "Don't leave out the serious aspects, but don't forget the humor either!" This, according to August Everding, was the basic idea behind his staging of "The Magic Flute", which premiered on 30 August 1978 at the Bavarian State Opera. He wanted his Magic Flute neither too philosophical nor too comical, but sought instead to unite all the conflicting elements in this work: the fairy-tale magic, fun, brightness, intellectual depth and humanistic ideals.