The 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

Peter Gijsbertsen & William Morgan*
*14, 18 May, 13, 15 June

Gemma Summerfield

Richard Burkhard & James Cleverton*
*20, 22, 27, 29 June.

The Queen of the Night
Julia Sitkovetsky

James Creswell & Dingle Yandell*
*1, 5, 20, 22, 27, 29 June.

Adrian Thompson

Sofia Troncoso*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

First Lady
Jeni Bern

Second Lady
Bethan Langford*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Third Lady
Sioned Gwen Davis

The Speaker
Dingle Yandell & Frank Church*
*20, 22, 27, 29 June.

Sir Thomas Allen

Tobias Ringborg & Derek Clark*
*13, 15 June

Set & Costume Designer
Simon Higlett

Lighting Designer
Mark Jonathan

Movement Director
Kally Lloyd-Jones

Kit Hesketh-Harvey

Theatre Royal Glasgow
4 • 8 • 10 • 14 • 18 May, 7.15pm
12 May, 3pm
Dementia Friendly Performance 16 May, 3pm 

Eden Court, Inverness
21 • 23 • 25 May, 7.15pm

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
30 May • 1 Jun, 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
5 • 11 • 13 • 15 Jun, 7.15pm
9 Jun 3pm
Dementia Friendly Performance 7 Jun, 3pm 

Hackney Empire, London 
20 • 22 Jun 7.30pm

Grand Opera House, Belfast 
27 • 29 Jun 7.15pm


What the press said

'The comic genius of Mozart's work is probably best personified by Papageno, beautifully characterised and sung by Richard Burkhard.' ★★★★★

'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