The Magic Flute

In a fantastical world of ferocious dragons and enchanted musical instruments, a noble prince sets out to rescue a beautiful princess and ensure the triumph of truth and justice.

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

Sung in English with English supertitles


With a lovelorn birdcatcher as his sidekick, a prince seeks to rescue a princess and help restore peace, justice, and wisdom.

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A charming, buoyant creation!

San Jose Mercury News

Jun Kaneko’s designs charm and delight the eye and first-rate vocal performances enhance the evening’s musical appeal.

San Francisco Chronicle

Soprano Sarah Shafer gave a soulful and vocally robust performance...bringing copious amounts of vocal power, lyricism and dramatic urgency.

San Francisco Chronicle

Tenor Paul Appleby was impressive in his Company debut...warmly conveying his ardor for the princess Pamina with beautiful lyricism and a moving dramatic performance.

San Francisco Examiner

Lawrence Foster conducted with great sensitivity and an ear to Mozart's sublime harmonies and zesty rhythms. Ian Robertson's Opera Chorus followed suit, sounding fervent and graceful in the temple scenes.

San Jose Mercury News

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Cast & Creative

Pamina Sarah Shafer 1
Pamina Nadine Sierra 2
Tamino Paul Appleby *
Papageno Efraín Solís
Sarastro Alfred Reiter
The Queen of the Night Albina Shagimuratova
Monostatos Greg Fedderly
First Lady Jacqueline Piccolino
Second Lady Nian Wang
Third Lady Zanda Švēde
Papagena Maria Valdes
The Speaker Anthony Reed
First Priest Richard Walker
Second Priest Edward Nelson
First Boy Michael Sacco*
Second Boy Pietro Juvara
Third Boy Rafael Karpa-Wilson *
First Armored Man Chong Wang
Second Armored Man Anthony Reed


October 20, 25, 27, 29 
November 4, 8, 12, 14, 17, 20

Conductor Lawrence Foster *
Director Harry Silverstein
Production Designer Jun Kaneko
Lighting Designer Paul Pyant
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

1 October 20, 25, 27, 29  
2 November 4, 8, 12, 14, 17, 20
* San Francisco Opera Debut

Co-production with Washington National Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Omaha and Lyric Opera of Kansas City

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

Program Articles

Love Conquers All

What are we to make of The Magic Flute? A comedy with a serious vein or an amalgam of conflicting styles? Mozart’s last opera has always been something of an anomaly.

Magic Flute: The Masonic Opera

Mozart’s Viennese brother Freemasons in the audience for the initial performances of The Magic Flute saw something else hidden in this story.

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by San Francisco Opera Guild, Chevron, United Airlines and The E. Nakamichi Foundation. Ms. Sierra’s appearance is made possible by the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Emerging Stars Fund.