The magic flute

july 15, 20 & 22 | 7:30 p.m.
july 23 | 3:00 p.m.

Aronoff center | procter & Gamble hall

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

Sung in German with projected English translations
Performance length: 3 hours, including one intermission
Rated PG

Footage courtesy of Minnesota Opera.

An enchanted world awaits.

He had only seen her image in a portrait, but he was already head-over-heels. With the help of a loyal friend and a bit of magic, Tamino sets forth on a perilous quest to save the princess, encountering mythical creatures, a venomous queen, and heroic trials to test his worth. But as his otherworldly journey unfolds, Tamino begins to suspect that everything is not as it appears.

Mozart's sublime tale has been masterfully re-imagined by Komische Oper Berlin's Barrie Kosky and the British theater group 1927 in a "surreally enchanting" (LA Weekly) production that has stunned and delighted audiences across the world. The clever marriage of early cinema style, fanciful projections, and nimble stagecraft results in "a deliciously absurd blend of silent film and animation" (Berliner Morgenpost) "so bewitching as to silence every criticism" (Los Angeles Times).

Cast & Creative Team

Jeni Houser The Queen of the Night

Jeni Houser
The Queen of the Night

Pamina  Kim-Lillian Strebel
The Queen of the Night  Jeni Houser
Tamino  Aaron Blake
Papageno  Rodion Pogossov
Sarastro/The Speaker  Tom McNichols
First Lady  Alexandra Schoeny
Second Lady  Cassandra Zoé Velasco
Third Lady  Amber Fasquelle
Papagena  Jasmine Habersham
Monostatos  John Robert Lindsey

Conductor  Christopher Allen
Stage Director  Daniel Ellis
Production Designers  Suzanne Andrade & Barrie Kosky
Animation Designer  Paul Barritt
Scenic & Costume Designer  Esther Bialas
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Hair & Make-up Designer  James Geier
Chorus Master  Henri Venanzi

A Production of the Komische Oper Berlin
Co-Produced by Los Angeles Opera and Minnesota Opera
Concept by "1927" (Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barrit) and Barrie Kosky


Opera Insights
Enhance your Magic Flute knowledge with a pre-curtain lecture in the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater one hour before each performance. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all Magic Flute ticket holders. No reservations required.

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