The Magic Flute

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Overview

Dates

May 30-June 30, 2024

Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto

Emanuel Schikaneder

Price

Starting at $26

Run Time

2 hours 40 minutes including one intermission

Language

German

Journey into Love. Adventure into Fantasy.

Infiltrate the castle. Rescue the princess. Bring her home. That’s the mission that unites two unlikely allies: a dashing young prince and a bumbling bird-catcher, armed only with a set of magical musical instruments. Their journey into a world of sorcerers and serpents, spirits and secrets, takes an unexpected turn in The Magic Flute, a fairy-tale quest for love and wisdom.

Mozart’s final opera comes alive in an acclaimed, inventive production from Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade, conjured from the topsy-turvy delights of silent cinema, 1920s cabaret, early Hollywood animation, and the illustrator Edward Gorey.

Music Director Eun Sun Kim takes us on a humanistic journey of awakening with some of the most sublime music ever written by Mozart.

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Synopsis

Armed with nothing but a magic flute and magic bells, a prince and a bird-catcher embark on a perilous journey to rescue a kidnapped princess — only to discover that their adversary may actually be their ally.


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Creative Team

Production

Barrie Kosky *

Production

Suzanne Andrade *

Revival Stage Director

Tobias Ribitski *

Production Designer

Esther Bialas *

Animation Designer

Paul Barritt *

* San Francisco Opera Debut

PERFORMANCES
May 30, 2024
June 2, 4, 8, 14, 20, 22, 26, 30, 2024

Previous performances of The Magic Flute can be found in our Archive.

A production of the Komische Oper Berlin. Co-produced by Los Angeles Opera and Minnesota Opera

Listen

Audio excerpts are from the 2007 cast of The Magic Flute with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles.

“Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja”/Christopher Maltman (Papageno); “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubenrd schön”/Piotr Beczala (Tamino); “Bei männern”/Dina Kuznetsova (Pamina) and Christopher Maltman (Papageno); Act I Finale/San Francisco Opera Chorus;

Queen of the Night Act II Aria/Erika Miklósa (Queen of the Night)

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem