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Catch The Royal Opera's Magic Flute live at a cinema near you on 20 September 2017

Mozart's classic opera will be relayed to cinemas around the world, opening the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2017/18.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

15 September 2017 at 4.30pm | 14 Comments

The Royal Opera's classic production of Mozart's fantasy opera The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 20 September 2017.

David McVicar's visual feast of a production will see audiences transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s memorable score, which features some of the most hummable tunes in all opera.

To enhance your viewing experience, access our Magic Flute Digital Programme for free using the promo code FREEFLUTE, and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production.

The story

The Magic Flute tells the story of Prince Tamino, who promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the evil enchanter Sarastro. Tamino begins his quest, but all is not as it seems as he and his sidekick Papageno undergo three trials.

The music

The opera features some of Mozart's most memorable music, and even the composer's supposed rival Salieri (a conflict so memorably immortalized in the play and film Amadeus) was begrudgingly forced into conceding its genius.

One of its best-known tunes is the Queen of the Night's aria 'Der Hölle Rache' (Hell's Vengeance), a blockbuster battering ram of an aria which sees the character ordering her daughter to kill her rival Sarastro. More than 200 years after it was composed, it remains one of the most challenging pieces for any soprano.

The production

David McVicar's production had its premiere at Covent Garden in 2003 and features spectacular backdrops, sumptuous period-influenced costumes and puppetry.

The staging is influenced by the opera's Masonic undertones, as well as the science-first philosophy of the Enlightenment era in which the composer lived. In the years since its premiere it has become a favourite of Royal Opera House audiences and a regular fixture in the repertory.

Add your review

We've rounded-up audience and press reviews from opening night and we'd love to hear from you before, during intervals and after the live cinema relay, so share your thoughts via Twitter and Instagram using #ROHzauberflote.

Die Zauberflöte runs until 14 October 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 20 September 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

15 September 2017 at 4.30pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by David McVicar, cinema, Die Zauberflöte, Production, the magic flute

This article has 14 comments

  1. Angus Rankine ..... responded on 19 September 2017 at 10:20am Reply


    Have tickets to see Sigor Ross that night - are they any 'encore' performances ??

  2. Amanda Harvey responded on 20 September 2017 at 9:47am Reply

    Can you let me know where to find the print out sheet for the opera so I can use it tonight?

    • Noelia Moreno responded on 20 September 2017 at 1:06pm

      Hi Amanda,

      All cinemas have copies of the cast sheet available to hand out before the screening. I hope you enjoy The Magic Flute tonight!

      Best wishes,
      ROH Cinema

  3. Robert responded on 20 September 2017 at 1:29pm Reply

    I may not be using the Search facility correctly, but I have been unable to find details of any Encore screenings: whatever I enter into the Search box, I find only details of tonight's screening. Are you able to provide a list of the cinemas which will offer an Encore screening on Sunday? Thanks

    • Noelia Moreno responded on 22 September 2017 at 12:33pm

      Hello Robert,

      It's possible that there are no Encore screenings in your area, as the search facility should show all. If you click on "Filter by" you'll find options to select specifically the type of screening you're looking for. We receive regular updates on screenings, so please keep an eye for new ones!

      Best wishes,
      ROH Cinema Team

  4. C.J.Phillips responded on 20 September 2017 at 3:52pm Reply

    Never in Lincolnshire !!
    Why not a simple link to the page.
    Not even available at this late stage and I suppose I now have to give up.

  5. Ian Paternoster responded on 20 September 2017 at 8:49pm Reply

    What a brilliant performance without all that travelling to London. Thank you.
    Ian Paternoster.

  6. Aurora Unsain responded on 20 September 2017 at 8:59pm Reply

    Es una producción maravillosa los cantantes muy buenos. Muy emotiva. Felicidades. Estamos disfrutando mucho desde Barcelona.

  7. Colin Edwards responded on 21 September 2017 at 2:41pm Reply

    Watched this opera at the local cinema last night.[20th Sep] One of the finest performances I have had the pleasure of watching/listening to. The programme stated that it could be obtained on Blueray but is not listed in the ROH shop. When and where will it be available?

  8. Jack Clay responded on 21 September 2017 at 7:05pm Reply

    My wife and I saw this at Hull City of culture and thought it was wonderful The cast were top class and not a blip in sight. thank you for a brilliant night out. Jack and Lynda Clay

  9. Cindy Faimali responded on 24 September 2017 at 4:42pm Reply

    During the interval Roderick Williams and Clemency Burton Hill were filmed discussing Mozart at an exhibition at a London museum I think. Could you please let me know what this exhibition is and where. Thanks

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