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Die Zauberflote (photo: Hoban)

Die Zauberflöte

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About the Show Less...

Magic, comedy and philosophy are blended in Mozart’s delightful opera The Magic Flute, brought vividly to life by David McVicar. Read More >

Mozart wrote Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) for a suburban theatre in Vienna, the Theater auf der Wieden, and drew on the magical spectacle and earthy comedy of popular Viennese theatre. As well as being a comedy, Die Zauberflöte is an expression of Mozart’s most profound spiritual beliefs. Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are also at the heart of the tale. Die Zauberflöte was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.

David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s robust, folksong-like arias.

Sung in German with English surtitles

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 16/04/2013

Closing Night: 09/05/2013

Running time: 3h

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Cast & Creative


Director - David McVicar

Designer - John Macfarlane

Choreographer - Leah Hausman

Lighting Designer - Paule Constable

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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