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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

The Magic Flute


Singspiel in two acts
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
First performed on 30th September 1791 at the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna

Revival of the production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2014
In coproduction with Dutch National Opera (Amsterdam), English National Opera (London)
In collaboration with Complicite (London)
A rendezvous MP2018 Quel Amour !

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

3 hours and 10 minutes including one interval
Sung in German with French and English surtitles
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
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
Drei Knaben
Soloists from the Knabenchor der Chorakademie Dortmund
Chorus and orchestra
Ensemble Pygmalion
*Former artists of the Académie
On 6, 9, 11, 16, 19, 21 and 24 July at 7:30pm
On 14 July at 5:00pm

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.