MozartThe Magic Flute
Revival of the 2012 production
Sir Thomas Allen returns to Scottish Opera to revive his five-star production of Mozart’s most inventive opera.
Set in a spectacular world inspired by the Victorian futurism of HG Wells and Jules Verne, this enthralling Magic Flute perfectly balances the opera’s beguiling mix of comedy, fantasy and pantomime with a profound story of the search for wisdom, love and truth.
‘A riot from start to finish, finely crafted, vividly characterised and teeming with telling detail… and most importantly, a real hoot.’ The Scotsman
A handsome prince, a damsel in distress, sorcerers, priests and a bumbling bird catcher – all are given life in Mozart’s sublime blend of lyrical love duets, folk-like ditties and the explosive coloratura of the Queen of the Night arias. The international cast includes Peter Gijsbertsen (La traviata 2017); Gemma Summerfield, First Prize winner at the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards; name-to-watch Julia Sitkovetsky; and Richard Burkhard, who returns as Papageno, the laugh-out-loud role he created in 2012. Scottish Opera favourite Tobias Ringborg (The Marriage of Figaro 2016) conducts.
Running time approx. 3 hours
Sung in English with English supertitles
The Dementia Friendly performances of The Magic Flute are supported by Cruach Trust, Forte Charitable Trust, Miss E.C. Hendry's Charitable Trust Murdoch Forrest Charitable Trust and Sylvia Aitken Charitable Trust.
Cast & Creative Team
What the press said
'The comic genius of Mozart's work is probably best personified by Papageno, beautifully characterised and sung by Richard Burkhard.' ★★★★★ EdinburghFestival.org
'A gleaming spectacle of impressive golden structures...' ★★★★★ Opera Guide Scotland
'This utterly charming, gorgeous looking and sounding version is guaranteed to win over even the hardest of hearts' ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub
'performances that are nothing short of glorious.' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'Julia Sitkovetsky deliciously precise in the show-stopping stratospherics of the Queen of the Night..' ★★★★ The Herald
'A sparkling steampunk staging.' ★★★★ The Stage
'Nearly as magical as the flute itself.' ★★★★ The Times
The Magic Flute 2019 | Two hours 'till curtain-up!51 cast and chorus members. A team of seven in wigs and make-up. Two hours to go until curtain up…
The Magic Flute 2019 | What the audience thoughtAudiences and critics have bee raving about our revival of Sir Thomas Allen's production of THE MAGIC FLUTE. Thinking of joining us? Let this lot convince you...
The Magic Flute 2019 | Meet the Papageni!We catch up with bird-brains Sofia Troncoso (Papagena) and Richard Burkhard (Papegano) to learn more about their characters in The Magic Flute and how they put the panto into Mozart's masterpiece!
The Magic Flute 2019 | TrailerSir Thomas Allen' s spectacular steampunk-styled production of Mozart's The Magic Flute returns! Get a glimpse of the show in our new trailer ahead of opening night.
The Magic Flute 2019 | Watch the set get-in!Have a you seen Simon Higlett's gorgeous set for our current production of The Magic Flute? Here's the sped-up version of the work that went into building the set ahead of the production opening in the Theatre Royal Glasgow. In reality, this build took two days.