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The Magic Flute (2017)

Recorded | Opera

Running time: The performance lasts about 3 hours, including one interval

The Magic Flute (2017)

Julia Jones conducts The Royal Opera’s spell-binding production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with a wonderful cast including Roderick Williams as Papageno.


The story

Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems…

Tamino and Papageno discover Sarastro is a wise and kind leader. They undergo three ordeals. By the end they are united with their true loves: Tamino with Pamina, and Papageno with his Papagena.


Mozart wrote Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) for a suburban theatre in Vienna, the Theater auf der Wieden. He drew on the magical spectacle and earthy comedy of popular Viennese theatre. As well as being a comedy, The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute 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 hearty, folksong-like arias.



The Royal Opera


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Emanuel Schikaneder


David McVicar

Revival Director

Daniel Dooner


John Macfarlane

Lighting designer

Paule Constable

Movement director

Leah Hausman

Revival movement director

Angelo Smimmo


Julia Jones
Siobhan Stagg
Mauro Peter
Roderick Williams
Mika Kares
Queen of the Night
Sabine Devieilhe
First Lady
Rebecca Evans
Second Lady
Angela Simkin
Third Lady
Susan Platts
Peter Bronder
Christina Gansch
Speaker of the Temple
Darren Jeffery
First Priest
Harry Nicoll
Second Priest
Donald Maxwell
First Man in Armour
Thomas Atkins
Second Man in Armour
Simon Shibambu
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Vasko Vassilev
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

News and features

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