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Music Director

Sir Antonio Pappano

Director of Opera

Oliver Mears

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing

Position of Head of Music Richard Hetherington generously supported by Bertrand and Elisabeth Meunier

The edition of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) used in this performance is published by Bärenreiter Verlag, Kassel and supplied by Faber Music, London

The Magic Flute

Singspiel in Two Acts

19.12.2022 19:30

The 379th performance by The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House.


The performance lasts about 3 hours 5 minutes, including one interval.
Act I
70 minutes
25 minutes
Act II
90 minutes


Suitable for all


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Emanuel Schikaneder
David McVicar
Revival Director
Angelo Smimmo
John Macfarlane
Lighting Designer
Paule Constable
Movement Director
Leah Hausman


Conducted by
Maxim Emelyanychev
Filipe Manu
First Lady
Alexandra Lowe
Second Lady
Gabrielė Kupšytė
Third Lady
Kseniia Nikolaieva
Gyula Orendt
Queen of the Night
Aigul Khismatullina replaces Nina Minasyan
Brenton Ryan
Anna Prohaska
First Child
Tharuni Kalavannan
Second Child
Patrick Devlin
Third Child
Frederick Mushrafi
Speaker of the Temple
Oliver Zwarg
Brindley Sherratt
First Priest
Harry Nicoll
Second Priest
Donald Maxwell
Sarah Dufresne
First Man in Armour
Egor Zhuravskii
Second Man in Armour
Thomas D. Hopkinson
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Concert Master
Sergey Levitin
Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus Director
William Spaulding

Extra chorus

Mezzo-soprano Jeanette Ager

Tenor James Geer

Actors Michael Barnes, Aquira Bailey Browne, Richard Gittins, Michael Larcombe, Luke Murphy, Mette Nilson, Jordan Paris, Belinda Roy, Gabriella Schmidt, Bryony Tebbutt, Michael White, Addis Williams, Corina Wuersch

Children Lucy Barton, Alexander Chin, Sophia Cullingford, Esme Gupta-Wright, Isaiah King, Callum McGechie, Kyle McQueen, Emilia Ostroumoff, Junior Watson Ramsay, Egypt Watson Ramsay, Joshua Garcia-Sugarman, Semilore Tinubu


Act I

Tamino is pursued by a monstrous serpent and falls unconscious. Three Ladies slay the monster and decide to inform their mistress, the Queen of the Night, of the Prince’s arrival. When Tamino wakes, Papageno the bird-catcher takes the credit for rescuing him. The Three Ladies punish Papageno’s lies by padlocking his mouth, and show Tamino a portrait of Pamina, the Queen’s daughter. On the Queen’s instructions, Tamino – who has fallen in love with Pamina - vows to rescue her from her evil captor, Sarastro. To protect Tamino and Papageno, the Three Ladies present them with a magic flute and magic bells, as the Three Children guide them on their way.

Papageno rescues Pamina from the lustful advances of Monostatos, and together they flee in search of Prince Tamino. At the Temple of Wisdom, the Speaker informs Tamino that Sarastro is a wise and noble ruler. Tamino plays his flute and strange animals gather around him, while Papageno’s magic bells prevent Monostatos from attacking him and Pamina again. Sarastro punishes Monostatos but informs Pamina and Tamino that they cannot be united until Tamino obtains wisdom. 


Act II

To Papageno’s dismay, Tamino has decided to undergo the trials to enter Sarastro’s brotherhood. The Three Ladies attempt to persuade the Prince and the bird-catcher to break their vow of silence but are unsuccessful. The Queen of the Night orders Pamina to kill Sarastro, threatening to disown her if she doesn’t. Sarastro reassures Pamina that love, not evil, will triumph in his sacred halls. Pamina is heartbroken when Tamino – still observing his vow of silence – shuns her. Meanwhile Papageno’s magic bells summon an old woman who turns into the woman of his dreams – Papagena! – only for her to be taken away from him.

Pamina unites with Tamino for his final trial. Aided by the magic flute, they triumph and are welcomed into the brotherhood. Longing for Papagena, Papageno contemplates suicide, when he suddenly remembers his magic bells, and they are reunited. Sarastro banishes the Queen, her Ladies and Monostatos to infinite darkness. Day has defeated night, and everyone joins in a hymn of praise.


Music preparation
Susanna Stranders, Richard Hetherington, Mark Packwood, André Callegaro
Keyed Glockenspiel
André Callegaro, Mark Packwood, Maxim Emelyanychev
Assistant Directors
Ruth Knight, Alicia Frost
Language Coaches
Franziska Roth, Norbert Meyn, Dominik Dengler

André Callegaro is a Jette Parker Artist



The former Prince of Wales

Music Director

Sir Antonio Pappano

Director of Opera

Oliver Mears

Director of Casting

Peter Mario Katona

Administrative Director

Cormac Simms


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