The magic flute - Opera - Season 22/23 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    The magic flute

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Opéra Bastille - from 17 September to 19 November 2022

    Agathe Poupeney / OnP

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The magic flute

Opéra Bastille - from 17 September to 19 November 2022

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  

  • Opening
  • First part 70 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 85 mn
  • End

The Magic Flute: the true/false story

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The Magic Flute: the true/false story


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Audio clips

La Flûte enchantée (saison 22/23) - Mauro Peter (Wie Stark Ist Nicht Dein Zauberton)

La Flûte enchantée (saison 22/23) - Ouverture

La Flûte enchantée (saison 22/23) - Huw Montague Rendall (Ein Madchen Oder Weibchen)

La Flûte enchantée (saison 22/23) - Chœur (O Isis Und Osiris)

About the work

Media coverage

  • 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, Libé, 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

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