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: 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one intermission
Rated PG

The season's performances of this opera have concluded.

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).


The Oakwood Register
"What this production of Flute did with complete success was to blend reality with fantasy." Read the review.

Opera Lively
"Colorful, very imaginative and creative... It certainly is impressive." Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"The serious and the comical are perfectly combined, producing sheer enchantment for both the conservative opera fan and the newbie." Read the review.

Broadway World
"So many charming moments, clever details, and interesting interpretations." Read the review.

"An entirely unique and scintillating operatic experience" Read the review.

Cincinnati Enquirer
"Vastly entertaining and a technical triumph...The audience left the hall singing its praises." Read the review.

Cincy Arts Guide
"It's beautiful, it's edgy and it's perfectly done." Read the review.

Los Angeles Daily News
"You must see it to believe it." Read the review.

New York Times
"Irresistible...miraculously fresh" Read the review.

Wall Street Journal
"Witty and endlessly inventive" Read the review.

The Guardian
"Astonishing...It's a tour de force." Read the review.

LA Times
"A brilliant transformation of The Magic Flute" Read the review.

Huffington Post
"Somewhere, Wolfgang is smiling" Read the review.

The Telegraph
“Enchanting…bursting with wit, fun, colour, and invention” Read the review.

Berliner Morgenpost
“A deliciously absurd blend of silent film and animation” Read the review.

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.

In The News
7.21.2017 WKRC: Voicing concerns: Local performer gets help from UC Voice Lab
7.21.2017 CityBeat: The kids of CAST are alright- and so is Mozart
7.16.2017 Polly Magazine: Cincinnati Opera's The Magic Flute
7.14.2017 WKRC: Behind the scenes of The Magic Flute with Cincinnati Opera
7.11.2017 Journal News: Mozart gets an extreme makeover at the Aronoff
7.7.2017 Cincinnati Refined: The Magic Flute Is The Best Thing To Happen To Your July Calendar
7.4.2017 Movers & Makers: Cincinnati Opera's Magic Flute evokes silent film era
7.1.2017 Cincinnati Enquirer: Making magic with an animated Magic Flute
7.1.2017 WCPO: This Cincinnati Opera production of Magic Flute is like watching Buster Keaton in a silent movie
10.6.2016 Cincinnati Enquirer: Opera's 2017 festival mixes old favorites, new wave