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Die Zauberflote (Met23)

The Magic Flute - Met Opera

Simon McBurney | 2023 | 210 MINS
USA | Subtitles

The final presentation of this year’s outstanding Met season is one of opera’s most beloved works, receiving its first new Met staging in 19 years - a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.”

In Detail

Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable.

The brilliant cast includes soprano Erin Morley as Pamina, tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, baritone Thomas Oliemans in his Met debut as Papageno, soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and bass Stephen Milling as Sarastro.

This sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism was written for a theatre located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to light-hearted, of the story and score.

The composer and the librettist were both Freemasons.

210m approx including 2 intervals

Sun 4 Jun 14:30 (Delayed Live)

Tickets £20
Friends/Students £17.50