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Watch: Insights into Mozart's opera The Magic Flute

Join the cast of David McVicar's Royal Opera production as they explore one of the best-loved operas of all time.

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

29 August 2017 at 8.50pm | 13 Comments

A ROH Insights event exploring Mozart's The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) was recently livestreamed for free via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel. It is now available to watch on-demand.

The first Insights event of the 2017/18 Season featured conductor Julia Jones exploring one of Mozart's most memorable scores, as well as insights from the cast including Siobhan Stagg (Pamina), Mauro Peter (Tamino) and Sabine Devielhe (the Queen of the Night). It was presented by Roderick Williams, who will sing the role of Papageno in the upcoming run. The Insight also featured musical performances.

The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences at its premiere in 1791 with Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera. More than two centuries later, it continues to be one of the most popular of all operas, second only to Verdi's La traviata in terms of performances staged over the last five years according to Operabase.

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The Magic Flute runs 12 September-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)

29 August 2017 at 8.50pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by David McVicar, cinema, Die Zauberflöte, insight, Julia Jones, live stream, Mauro Peter, Production, Roderick Williams, Sabine Devielhe, Siobhan Stagg, the magic flute

This article has 13 comments

  1. Rowan Wise responded on 25 August 2017 at 6:04pm Reply

    When thinking of the Magic Flute I happen upon the quote "to listen to the Magic Flute is to hold a mirror up to oneself" which sums up the genius of the work quite succinctly. The old accusation of the works supposed lack of seriousness or consequence is uttered by people who cannot appreciate the absolute genius of Mozart's lightness of touch and composition. Here is a work capable of rendering the listener heartbroken and melancholic but also overjoyed and in love.

  2. Ramona Johson responded on 26 August 2017 at 2:24am Reply


  3. klas freund responded on 29 August 2017 at 8:09am Reply

    Hi Chris!

    MAURO PETER as Tamina? I hope it will be as Tamino...


    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 29 August 2017 at 11:34am

      Hi Klas,

      This error has been corrected - thanks for flagging.


  4. Richard Perry responded on 18 September 2017 at 12:07am Reply

    Fascinating. Given the work that Tom Guthrie has clearly poured into this production, I am astonished that the Royal Opera House didn't include him in the Credits for this production on their web site.

  5. Sian Thomad responded on 20 September 2017 at 11:25pm Reply

    I just had the pleasure of watching the opera at my local cinema in pontypridd Truly wonderful production The best Queen of the night I have heard live Thsnk you for sharing your wonderful performance with us

  6. Ken Owen responded on 21 September 2017 at 6:08pm Reply

    Ken Owen,

    We watched this enthralling performance in Southport, but why was the set so dark ????

    • Noelia Moreno responded on 22 September 2017 at 1:00pm

      Hello Ken,

      Thank you for your message. We're sorry to hear the screening was dark at your local cinema. We're getting in touch with the venue to help solving the issue.

      Best wishes,
      ROH Cinema Team

  7. bob butler responded on 22 September 2017 at 8:43pm Reply

    Magnificent! The performance moved me to tears on several occasions: the best Papageno, the sublime Queen of the Night. I could go on for hours so to sum it up, the
    best operatic performance I've ever seen (and I've been to the Met. in New York).
    Congratulations to all concerned.
    Oh and you owe me a box of tissues!

  8. Lorna Hulcup responded on 23 September 2017 at 10:40am Reply

    I really enjoyed this screening on the 20th. Sept., but why when you have advertised it is available to buy can I not get it. I don't want another cast I want the one I watched, especially Siobhan Stagg.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 10 October 2017 at 8:33pm

      Hi Lorna,

      Apologies for any confusion - a DVD of the production is available, but not (as you've accurately reflected) featuring this most recent revival.

      Best wishes,


  9. B Edmondson responded on 23 September 2017 at 9:13pm Reply

    what has happened to my comment on the sound of Magic Flute in my local Odeon cinema ?
    it was also a dark production in Northwich Cheshire, we thought .
    You are doing a great job sending out wonderful music BUT a relevant quality comment is a serious response to your production audiences. Also It was a follow up comment to another cinema in the Isle of Wight who had a similar sound query.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 24 September 2017 at 10:31am


      We aim to review and publish all comments within 24 hours of them being posted - occasionally we have to investigate before publishing to ensure we give the best and most accurate response. Our usual course of action is to take up any issues with the cinema in question and await a response from them if appropriate. We always publish comments, unless they breach our community guidelines, but if there is constructive criticism or a comment we need to investigate, it sometimes takes a little longer to publish.

      Many thanks for your comment, and sorry to hear the sound and vision wasn't satisfactory.

      All the best,


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