Sabine Devieilhe as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, The Royal Opera ?2017 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

The Magic Flute

18 June3 July 2020
19 June – 3 July 2020
Online only
Opera and music

David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s glorious opera, transporting us to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzling 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.

Mozart wrote?Die Zauberfl?te?(The Magic Flute) for a suburban theatre in Vienna, the Theater auf der Wieden. He drew on the magical spectacle and earthy comedy of popular Viennese theatre. 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.


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…

Tamino and Papageno discover Sarastro is a wise and kind leader. They undergo three ordeals. By the end they are united with their true loves: Tamino with Pamina, and Papageno with his Papagena.


ConductorJulia Jones

PaminaSiobhan Stagg

TaminoMauro Peter

PapagenoRoderick Williams

SarastroMika Kares

Queen of the NightSabine Devieilhe

First LadyRebecca Evans

Second LadyAngela Simkin

Third LadySusan Platts

MonostatosPeter Bronder

PapagenaChristina Gansch

Speaker of the TempleDarren Jeffery

First PriestHarry Nicoll

Second PriestDonald Maxwell

First Man in ArmourThomas Atkins

Second Man in ArmourSimon Shibambu

ChorusRoyal Opera Chorus

Concert MasterVasko Vassilev

OrchestraOrchestra of the Royal Opera House


CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicWolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LibrettoEmanuel Schikaneder

DirectorDavid McVicar

DesignerJohn Macfarlane

Lighting designerPaule Constable

Movement directorLeah Hausman

Revival directorThomas Guthrie

Revival choreographerAngelo Smimmo


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