Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute

Dec 20 - Jan 5

The Met’s English-language family adaptation of Mozart’s sublime and mystical journey, a new holiday tradition in the city, returns in Julie Taymor’s fanciful production. Young stars Janai Brugger and Ben Bliss are the fairy-tale princess and prince, and Christopher Maltman reprises his acclaimed interpretation of the bird-catcher Papageno. Special holiday pricing and weekday matinees are available for this abridged version, conducted by Antony Walker.

Ticket holders for the December 29 and 30 performances are invited to a pre-curtain Open House with family-friendly activities related to the production. Met artists and craftspeople will lead a “dress-up” station featuring child-friendly costume pieces; an instrument show-and-tell with members of the orchestra; a live demonstration by the Met scenic artists who create props and set elements for all of the company’s productions; and a lighting display by the Met’s electrics department.

The doors will open at 10:00 am. These events are free for ticket holders to that day’s performance, and will take place on the Grand Tier and Parterre levels.

Illustrated Synopsis

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  • Sung In
  • English
  • Met Titles In
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Estimated Run Time
  • 1 hrs 42 mins
  • House Opens
  • 102 mins
  • Opera Ends
Dec 20 - Jan 5

This production has completed for the season.

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Premiere: Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna, 1791. A sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism, The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte in the original German) was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a Singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score.

Creators

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) was the son of a Salzburg court musician who exhibited him as a musical prodigy throughout Europe. His achievements in opera, in terms of beauty, vocal challenge, and dramatic insight, remain unsurpassed. He died three months after the premiere of Die Zauberflöte, his last produced work for the stage. The remarkable Emanuel Schikaneder (1751–1812) was an actor, singer, theater manager, and friend of Mozart who wrote the opera’s libretto, staged the work, and sang the role of Papageno in the initial run.

Production Julie Taymor

Set Designer George Tsypin

Costume Designer Julie Taymor

Lighting Designer Donald Holder

Puppet Designers Julie Taymor, Michael Curry

Choreographer Mark Dendy

English Adaptation J. D. McClatchy

Revival Stage Director David Kneuss

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Setting

The libretto specifies Egypt as the location of the action. That country was traditionally regarded as the legendary birthplace of the Masonic fraternity, whose symbols and rituals populate this opera. Some productions include Egyptian motifs as an exotic nod to this idea, but most opt for a more generalized mythic ambience to convey the otherworldliness that the score and overall tone of the work call for.