The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Grand Théâtre de Provence
6 9 11 14 16 19 21 24 July

Singspiel in two acts
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
First performed on 30th September 1791 at the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna
Raphaël Pichon*
Stage Director
Simon McBurney
Stage Revival
Josie Daxter
Stage Designer
Michael Levine
Costume Designer
Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting Designer
Jean Kalman
Finn Ross
Gareth Fry
Conductor Assistant
Alphonse Cemin*
Vocal Coach
Tanguy de Williencourt*
Language Coach
Stephan Rehm
Stage Director Assistant
Olivier Fredj
Light Design Assistant
Michael Gunning
Video Assistant
Jane Michelmore
Dimitry Ivashchenko
Stanislas de Barbeyrac
Die Königin der Nacht
Kathryn Lewek
Mari Eriksmoen*
Thomas Oliemans*
Der Sprecher
Christian Immler
Erste Dame
Judith van Wanroij*
Zweite Dame
Rosanne van Sandwijk*
Dritte Dame
Helena Rasker
Lilian Farahani
Bengt-Ola Morgny
Erster Geharnischter / Zweiter Priester
Trystan Llŷr Griffiths*
Erster Priester / Zweiter Geharnischter
Geoffroy Buffière*
Drei Knaben
Soloists from the Knabenchor der Chorakademie Dortmund
Chorus Master of the Chorakademie Dortmund
Jost Salm
Robin Beer (video illustrator), Ruth Sullivan (sound illustrator), Antony Antunes, Jorge Arbert, Mehdi Belhaouane, Nina Bowers, Katerina Damvoglou, Kate Higginbottom, Robin Khor Yong Kuan, Judy Lijdsman, Jean-Francois Martin, Rowin Prins, Gabriella Sc
Christophe Dossou, Hagop Kalfayan, N'Nabintou Touré, Juliette Vétillard
Chorus and orchestra
Ensemble Pygmalion
*Former artists of the Académie

Revival of the production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2014
In coproduction with Dutch National Opera & Ballet (Amsterdam), English National Opera (London)
In collaboration with Complicite (London)

A rendezvous MP2018 Quel Amour !

  • Le Monde

    "Aix: The unforgettable Flute by Simon McBurney. [...] Four years later, what would remain of this Mozartian Magic Flute that had stunned the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in 2014? Everything. And more. Because the performance directed by Simon McBurney was both richer and more refined. Richer with the thousand and one skills acquired by the singers, refined with their agility and naturalness." Marie-Aude Roux
  • Télérama

    "What an extraordinary show, to make you cry with beauty, intelligence and emotion! In osmosis with the spirit of this Mozartian Singspiel, it speaks to the spectators as if they were old sages who would then, just for an evening, become children of six and a half again." Sophie Bourdais
  • L'Humanité

    "This vision of Mozart's chef-d'œuvre combines with humour the most elaborate technical means with the most elementary effects. [...] Everything is masterfully articulated around Simon McBurney's rather crazy but accurate ideas." Hélène Jarry
  • Le Temps

    "A phenomenal Flute" Sylvie Bonier

Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton,
Weil, holde Flöte, durch dein Spielen
Selbst wilde Tiere Freude fühlen.

How powerful is your magic music,
Sweet flute, for when you sound
Even wild beasts feel joy.

Emanuel Schikaneder, Die Zauberflöte, act I (1791)

This is the story of Tamino, a young foreign prince who, on the orders of the Queen of the Night, ventures into the kingdom of Sarastro and faces terrible ordeals out of love for Pamina. It is also the story of Papageno, a cheeky bird-catcher who only dreams of eating, drinking and ... finding his Papagena! The Magic Flute is Mozart’s last operatic work and also the most amazing thanks to its mixture of genres and styles, from fantastic tale to philosophical fable, from Viennese comedy to virtuoso opera. An essential part of any Mozart festival such as the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, this Mozart’s masterpiece is presented in Simon McBurney’s fascinating production. The British director returns to the magic of theatrical entertainment through his everpoetic use of technology and his in-depth reading of the libretto, whose universal appeal stems from its very diversity. At the heart of the staging, the Ensemble Pygmalion will perform under the baton of Raphaël Pichon, conducting this Mozart’s masterpiece for the first time.

Programme of the Magic Flute (pdf in French)

Individual surtitles tablets are provided by Paraphraz

Friday 6 July 2018
Monday 9 July 2018
Wednesday 11 July 2018
Saturday 14 July 2018
Monday 16 July 2018
Thursday 19 July 2018
Saturday 21 July 2018
Tuesday 24 July 2018

Prices : 270€, 180€, 150€, 120€, 55€, 30€
Youth ticket price : 9€
Children's discovery offer for all performances
Performance available with season ticket packages and Premium or Prestige offers

Book for free your individual surtitles tablet (languages available: French, English and German)

3 hours and 10 minutes including one interval

Sung in German with French and English surtitles / Audio description available with the support of Fondation Harmonie Solidarités and Fondation MMA