About the show
Slip into the mythical world of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Royal Opera House.
Opera can seem like a pretty serious night out at the theatre. Lots of heroines dying from TB or broken hearts, or both. But it doesn’t always have to be like that. In fact, some of the best-loved opera are light-hearted comedies designed to provide a thoroughly entertaining evening. Mozart’s The Magic Flute (or, Die Zauberflöte) is a rollicking tale of love, magic and marvellous creatures.
In The Magic Flute, Tamino promises to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. With the bird-catcher Papageno to help him, Tamino sets out to defeat Sarastro, the enchanter. After a series of trials, Tamino and Pamina reunite, while Papageno finds love with his soul mate Papagena.
David McVicar’s production for the Royal Opera is now 14 years old. As they say – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The traditional staging sucks the audience into a fairy tale world of monstrous beasts and handsome princes. When the production played at Covent Garden in 2015, the Guardian gave it four stars and said it was ‘still going strong’.
Julia Jones conducts two different casts across the run. Performers worth witnessing include Roderick Williams. The English baritone sings the hugely fun role of Papageno. Janai Brugger appears as Pamina, a role she reprises following her Royal Opera House debut in 2015.
Performed in German with English surtitles.
The Magic Flute runs from 12 September – 14 October 2017 at the Royal Opera House.