The Magic Flute

Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Salle Favart

from 6
to 14 November 2017


6 November 2017 8.00 pm

7 November 2017 8.00 pm

8 November 2017 8.00 pm

9 November 2017 8.00 pm

11 November 2017 8.00 pm

12 November 2017 3.00 pm

All dates


0 825 01 01 23 (0,15 €/min)


€135, 125, 97, 75, 50, 30, 16, 6

10 April 2017

Extracts from The Magic Flute by Mozart

La Flûte enchantée | Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Singspiel in two acts to a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder premiered In Vienna at the Theater auf der Wieden in 1791. This version of Mozart’s masterpiece directed by Barrie Kosky and the 1927 company has already toured around the world. The French premiere will be held at Salle Favart. Music direction, Kevin John Edusei Staging, Suzanne Andrade, Barrie Kosky With Nadja Mchantaf / Nicole Chevalier, Tansel Akzeybek / Adrian Strooper, Christina Poulitsi /Olga Pudova, Önay Köse, Dominik Köninger / Richard Sveda, Talya Lieberman, Ivan Tursic / Peter Renz, Brigitte Geller / Nina Bernsteiner, Gemma Alabert / Katarzyna Wlodarczyk, Nadine Weissmann / Helena Köhne, Johannes Dunz / Timothy RichardsPhilipp Meierhöfer / Daniil Chesnokov, Tölzer Knabenchor Choir, Arnold Schönberg Chor  Orchestra, Komische Oper Berlin From 6 to 14 November 2017, Salle Favart Read more about this show  

10 April 2017

This version of Mozart’s masterpiece directed by Barrie Kosky and the 1927 company has already toured around the world. The French premiere will be held at Salle Favart.

Singspiel in two acts to a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder premiered In Vienna at the Theater auf der Wieden in 1791.

Lost in a foreign land, Prince Tamino accepts the mission entrusted to him by the Queen of the Night, unaware of the world he is going to enter. His guide, naive Papageno, and Pamina, whom he must set free, are as lost as he is. Anxiety and trust in the magic of the flute will give in to the lights of reason through trials. 
In 1791 did Mozart suspect that The Magic Flute would be his final score? At age thirty-five, he was exhausted but his will and inspiration were intact. He wore out his last strength in this most cherished plan of a great German and popular opus celebrating the ideals of the Enlightenment. The Viennese success, which illuminated the end of his life, became universal by the nineteenth century. 
The production by Barrie Kosky and the 1927 company has toured the whole world since its premiere in 2012 at the Komische Oper Berlin. The scenography incorporates the singers into a video device wherein the different locations, elements, supernatural phenomena as well as the words and insinuations unfold by way of an animated film, with the colors and charm of 1927 cinema.

Production in German with supertitles.

Music direction, Kevin John Edusei
Staging, Suzanne Andrade, Barrie Kosky

Animations, Paul Barritt 
Conception, Collectif 1927 (Suzanne Andrade et Paul Barritt) et Barrie Kosky 

Choir, Arnold Schoenberg Chor 
Orchestra, Komische Oper Berlin

Music direction Kevin John Edusei

Staging Suzanne Andrade, Barrie Kosky

Animations Paul Barritt

Conception Collectif 1927 (Suzanne Andrade & Paul Barritt) and Barrie Kosky

Scenery and costumes Esther Bialas

Dramaturgy Ulrich Lenz

Lights Diego Leetz

Pamina Vera-Lotte Böcker (6, 8, 11, 13 nov.) / Kim-Lillian Strebel (7, 9, 12, 14 nov.)

Tamino Tansel Akzeybek (6, 8, 11, 13 nov.) / Adrian Strooper (7, 9, 12, 14 nov.)

Reine de la nuit Christina Poulitsi (6, 8, 11, 13 nov.) /Olga Pudova (7, 9, 12, 14 nov.)

Sarastro, Orateur Wenwei Zhang (6, 8, 11, 13 nov.) / Andreas Bauer (7, 9, 12, 14 nov.)

Papageno Dominik Köninger (6, 8, 11, 13 nov.) / Richard Sveda (7, 9, 12, 14 nov.)

Papagena Martha Eason

Monostatos Johannes Dunz (6, 7, 8 nov.) / Ivan Tursic (9, 11, 12, 13, 14 nov.)

Première Dame Nina Bernsteiner (6, 8, 11, 13 nov.) / Inga-Britt Andersson (7, 9, 12, 14 nov.)

Deuxième Dame Gemma Coma-Alabert (6, 8, 11, 13 nov.) / Katarzyna Wlodarczyk (7, 9, 12, 14 nov.)

Troisième Dame Nadine Weissmann (6, 8, 11, 13 nov.) / Karolina Sikora (7, 9, 12, 14 nov.)

Premier homme en armure Timothy Richards

Deuxième homme en armure Philipp Meierhöfer (6, 8, 11, 13 nov.) / Alexej Botnarcius (7, 9, 12, 14 nov.)

Trois garçons Tölzer Knabenchor

Choir Arnold Schoenberg Chor

Orchestra Orchester Komische Oper Berlin

Production Komische Oper Berlin



Prince Tamino is requested by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the jail of the magus Sarastro accompanied by Papageno. Tamino is given a magic flute meant to help them along their journey. During his adventure fraught with hardships, Tamino finds out that the forces of evil are not on the side he expected them to be.

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Act One

In a dark forest, far away …
As he flees from a dangerous giant serpent, Tamino is rescued at the last second by the three ladies who serve the Queen of the Night. When he regains consciousness, the first thing Tamino sees is Papageno, and he believes him to be his rescuer.

Papageno, a bird catcher in search of love, does nothing to dispel the misunderstanding. The three ladies return and punish Papageno for his lies by rendering him mute. They show Tamino a picture of Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night, whom Tamino instantly falls in love with.

Shortly thereafter, the Queen of the Night herself appears and tells Tamino of her daughter’s kidnapping at the hands of Sarastro. Tamino responds with great enthusiasm to her command that he free Pamina. The three ladies give Papageno back his voice and instruct him to accompany Tamino. As a protection against danger, they give Tamino the gift of a magic flute, while Papageno receives magic bells. The three ladies declare that three boys will show Tamino and Papageno the way to Sarastro.

Pamina is being importuned by Sarastro’s slave Monostatos. Papageno, who has become separated from Tamino on the way to Sarastro, is as scared by the strange appearance of Monostatos as the slave is by Papageno’s. Alone with Pamina, Papageno announces that her rescuer Tamino will soon arrive. Papageno himself is sad that his search for love has thus far proved fruitless. Pamina comforts him.

The three boys have led Tamino to the gates of Sarastro’s domain. Although he is initially refused entry, Tamino begins to doubt the statements made by the Queen of the Night regarding Sarastro. He begins to play on his magic flute, and enchants nature with his music.

Papageno meanwhile flees with Pamina, but they are caught by Monostatos and his helpers. Papageno’s magic bells put their pursuers out of action. Sarastro and his retinue then enter upon the scene. Monostatos leads in Tamino. The long yearned-for encounter between Tamino and Pamina is all too brief. Sarastro orders that they must first face a series of trials.


Act Two

The trial of silence
Tamino and Papageno must practise being silent. Because of the appearance of the ladies and their warnings, their ordeal is a truly testing one. Tamino remains resolute, while Papageno immediately begins to chatter.

Meanwhile, Monostatos again tries to get close to the sleeping Pamina. The Queen of the Night appears and orders her daughter to kill Sarastro. Pamina remains behind, despairing. Sarastro seeks to console Pamina by foreswearing any thoughts of revenge.

The trial of temptation
Tamino and Papageno must resist any temptation: no conversation, no women, no food!

As well as the magic flute and magic bells the three boys also bring Tamino and Papageno food, which Tamino once again steadfastly resists. Even Pamina fails to draw a single word from Tamino’s lips, which she interprets as a rejection. She laments the cooling of Tamino’s love for her.

Before the last great trial, Pamina and Tamino are brought together one last time to say farewell to one another.

Papageno is not permitted to take part in any further trials. He now wishes for only a glass of wine – and dreams of his great love.

For her part, Pamina believes that she has lost Tamino forever. In her despair, she seeks to end her own life, but is prevented from doing so by the three boys, who assure her that Tamino still loves her. Gladdened and relieved, Pamina accepts their invitation to see Tamino again.

Reunited at last, Tamino and Pamina undergo the final trial together.

The trial of fire and water
The music of the magic flute and their love for one another allow Tamino and Pamina to conquer their own fear and overcome the dangers of fire and water.

Papageno is meanwhile still unsuccessful in his search for his great love. Despairing, he now also seeks to end his life, but is also prevented from doing so by the three boys. Papageno’s dream finally comes true: together with his Papagena, he dreams of being blessed with many children.

Meanwhile …
… the Queen of the Night, the three ladies, and the turncoat Monostatos arm themselves for an attack against Sarastro and his retinue. However, the attack is repelled.

Tamino and Pamina have reached the end of their trials, and can finally be together.

Before the show

Come 45 minutes before the show, the entrance is free of charge, on the day of the performance

Sing the opéra with Christophe Grapperon on the 6, 14 November / Jeanne Dambreville on the 7, 8 November / Geneviève Boulestreau on the 9, 11, 12, 13 November in the Foyer Favart
Presentation of the production with historical and musical descriptions (in french) with Agnès Terrier in the salle Bizet


Running time

2 hour 40, including intermission

Doors open Singspiel in 2 acts155 min End of the event

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