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Marcus du Sautoy

Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy has long been fascinated by Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He explores the opera’s mathematical and philosophical roots in a captivating interactive evening.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Marcus du Sautoy. It was last on stage 18–20 April 2013.


Mozart’s celestial masterpiece Die Zauberflöte is more abstract and surreal than his other operas, and full of strange symbolism and ideas. What is their significance? What are their mathematical and philosophical roots? What is so special about the number three and the Masonic pentagon, and why might Mozart have been drawn to them?

Marcus du Sautoy, one of today’s leading thinkers, will explore the tension between order and chaos, symmetry and asymmetry, day and night, and much more in Die Zauberflöte. This interactive evening will include performance of extracts from the opera.

Please be advised that this is an interactive performance. Audience members will be invited to participate in various activities and exercises (excluding singing!) and will be able to move freely around the theatre. There will be plenty of seating for those who would like it. Please contact the Royal Opera House Box Office in advance of the performance if you have any mobility requirements.