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The magic flute
Opera Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Opéra Bastille - from 17 September to 19 November 2022
3h05 with 1 interval
Language : German
Surtitle : French / English
Opening night : 17 Sept 2022
In few words:
In Die Zauberflöte, a prince from a far‑off land on a quest to liberate a princess meets a giant snake, a cocky bird‑seller, the Queen of the Night and a High Priest who imposes strange rites of passage. How does one approach Mozart’s last opera, first performed in Vienna in 1791, two months before the composer's death? As a fantastical tale for children, as the reflection of the masonic allegiance of Mozart and his librettist Schikaneder, or as an ardent meditation on human existence? The director Robert Carsen attempts to go beyond the libretto's simplistic opposition of good and evil, represented by Sarastro and the Queen of the Night, suggesting that each of them guides the young Tamino and Pamina on the path to wisdom. An optimistic reading that does not exclude the idea of death, described by Mozart in a letter to his father as “our best friend”.
Tamino: In love with Pamina.
Papageno: Bird-catcher in the service of the Queen of the Night.
Sarastro: High Priest in the Temple of Wisdom.
La Reine de la Nuit: Pamina’s mother.
Pamina: The Queen of the Night’s daughter.
Monostatos: Sarastro’s servant.
Papagena: Promised to Papageno.
Les trois Dames: In the service of the Queen of the Night
- First part 70 mn
- Intermission 30 mn
- Second part 85 mn
The Magic Flute: the true/false story
Opera in two acts (1791)
Erster Priester :
Zweitter Priester :
Erste Dame :
Zweite Dame :
Dritte Dame :
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This is Carsen's strong point: the primacy of the theatre, with its gestures, movements and surprises, in a variety that constantly arouses attention.Guillaume Tion, Libération.fr, 10 février 2017
A strength and coherence that still fascinates the audience.François Lehel, Opéra Magazine, Mars 2017
This revival of Carsen's production at the Opéra Bastille simply expresses the magic of Mozart's famous Singspiel (played and sung).Olyrix, 2017
Free cloakrooms are at your disposal. For safety reasons, the Opera does not accept scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, electric scooters or bulky luggage. The cloakrooms are closed during the day.
Bars offering drinks and light refreshments are available in the public areas, 45 minutes before each performance and during intervals. To avoid queuing during the interval you can place your order as soon as you arrive at the theatre.
Special reduced rates for young people under the age of 28, unemployed and seniors over 65 are available.
You can park your car at the Q-Park Opéra Bastille. It is located at 34 rue de Lyon 75012 Paris.