The Magic Flute


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Opera in two acts
Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder
World premiere: 30 September 1791, Vienna
Premiere: 25 November 2012, Berlin
Production: Komische Oper, Berlin
In the original German with Polish surtitles 

  • Act 1

    1h5 min.

  • Intermission

    20 min.

  • Act 2

    1h10 min.

Duration: 2h35 min.

  • About the production

    The Queen of the Night aria has departed the Solar System a long time ago and is travelling further in space alongside a few other musical gems in search for intelligent life. Those charged with selecting the tracks for the Voyager Golden Record faced a huge responsibility: if, indeed, there is an alien civilisation somewhere in the Universe that could potentially be hostile to the human race, it was best to introduce ourselves with ‘music [that] hath charms to soothe a savage breast’. And there is not a living soul on Earth who would not agree that these few minutes of coloratura fireworks are worth saving the human kind for. In the internationally popular Komische Oper’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute which we have been lucky enough to have in Warsaw for a few seasons now, the aria is performed by a giant lady spider dancing over a wriggling Tamino. The staging is the work of Barrie Kosky and the ‘1927’ duo made of performance art, theatre and film wizards who first conquered the Edinburgh Fringe and then ‘brought down the system’ at a few respected opera houses around the world. This dazzlingly hallucinatory show featuring actors playing in a live animation is a tribute to silent film. The director calls it ‘a silent movie by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’ inspired – one might add – by 18th-century chalcography, Yellow Submarine, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and superhero comics, to name just a few obvious references. It is an amazing show, an operatic joyride.

  • Credits
    Piotr Staniszewski
    Suzanne Andrade
    Barrie Kosky
    „1927” (Suzanne Andrade, Paul Barritt), Barrie Kosky
    Set and Costume Designer
    Esther Bialas
    Paul Barritt
    Ulrich Lenz
    Lighting Designer
    Diego Leetz
    Staging of the original production
    Tobias Ribitzki
    Chorus Master
    Mirosław Janowski
    Preparation of the boy soloists
    Danuta Chmurska
    Fortepiano performance
    Anna Marchwińska