The Magic Flute

Royal Opera House

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 7.15pm

LIVE Opera

Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets  by John Macfarlane. 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… 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. 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.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


David McVicar


Julia Jones


Mauro Peter, Siobhan Stagg, Roderick Williams

Cinema Info & Tickets

Production Information

  • Territory Rights: UK ONLY
  • Live Opera Broadcast
  • Running time: approximately 190 minutes
  • Two acts, including one interval
  • Sung in German with English subtitles
  • Start time: 7.15pm
  • Encore screening Sunday 24 September 2017, 2pm

Download the Cast Sheet HERE