Die Zauberflöte

18 May – 21 July 2024

Dazzling theatrical magic abounds in this visual and musical feast.

Unforgettable characters search for love and truth in this playful reimagining of Mozart’s classic fairytale. Be transported by hand-drawn illustrations and elaborate puppetry, as well as some of the best music Mozart ever composed.

Sung in German with English supertitles. 

Dates and times

Saturday 18 May
Wednesday 22 May
Saturday 25 May
Wednesday 29 May
Saturday 1 June
Saturday 8 June

Friday 14 June
Friday 21 June
Monday 24 June
Thursday 27 June
Sunday 30 June

Wednesday 3 July
Saturday 6 July
Saturday 13 July
Thursday 18 July
Sunday 21 July

Creative team

Constantin Trinks

Direction and Design
Barbe & Doucet

Associate Director
Donna Stirrup

Puppet Designer and Puppet Coach
Patrick Martel

Revival Puppet Coach
Mikey Brett

Lighting Designer
Guy Simard

Assistant Conductor
Olivia Clarke

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The Glyndebourne Chorus
Chorus Director Aidan Oliver

Senior Coach
Alessandro Amoretti

Harry Rylance & Amandine Duchênes

Language Coach
Johanna Mayr

Cast includes

Paul Appleby

Lauren Snouffer

Rodion Pogossov

James Platt

Queen of the Night
Aleksandra Olczyk

Alasdair Elliott

First Lady
Ann Toomey

Second Lady
Corinna Scheurle

Third Lady
Leia Lensing

Michael Kraus
Dingle Yandell (14, 27, 30 June & 3 July)

Julieth Lozano Rolong

Second Priest and First Man in Armour
John Findon

First Priest and Second Man in Armour
Callum Thorpe

The edition of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) used in these performances is published by Bärenreiter-Edition, Kassel. Performed by arrangement with Faber Music Ltd, London.

Photos: Bill Cooper


Act I

Alone in a foreign land, Prince Tamino is attacked by a giant serpent. He faints but, when he comes to, realises that he has been rescued – someone else has killed the monster. Papageno, the Queen of the Night’s bird-catcher, is quick to claim the credit, but is soon corrected by the queen’s three ladies. They give Tamino a portrait of Pamina, the queen’s daughter, who has been abducted by the tyrant Sarastro. Tamino falls instantly in love. The queen herself appears, and promises the Prince her daughter’s hand if he can rescue her. To help him on his quest, the ladies give him a magic flute and three magical spirits to guide him. He sets off, joined by an unwilling Papageno.

Imprisoned in Sarastro’s temple underground, Pamina is at the mercy of the slave Monostatos. But his lecherous plans are interrupted by Papageno, who tells Pamina of Tamino’s love and his quest to rescue her. Arriving at the temple, Tamino is greeted by a priest, who tells him that he has been deceived by the Queen of the Night; all is not as she described. Papageno and Pamina have escaped, but are pursued by Monostatos. Papageno uses his magic bells to enchant their pursuers, but just as they are once again free, they hear Sarastro and his followers approaching. Pamina confesses all and is forgiven, but Sarastro still refuses to release her. Tamino enters, captured by a triumphant Monostatos. He and Pamina meet briefly for the first time before they are both led separately away to prepare for their initiation into Sarastro’s order. Monostatos is punished.

Act II

Sarastro persuades the brotherhood to accept Tamino as a member if he passes the order’s tests of initiation. Tamino and Papageno face the first trial: silence. Papageno fails almost immediately, but Tamino holds firm. The Queen of the Night still seeks revenge, and orders Pamina to kill Sarastro. Monostatos overhears and threatens to expose the plot unless Pamina surrenders to his desires. But Sarastro discovers his scheme, banishes Monostatos and forgives Pamina. Papageno and Tamino are still sworn to silence. Papageno once again fails by talking to an old woman. Tamino plays his magic flute, which summons Pamina to him. She speaks but he cannot reply, forcing her to believe that he no longer loves her. Sarastro orders Pamina and Tamino to bid each other a final farewell – they must now prepare for their trials. Papageno expresses his wish for a wife of his own, and is rewarded by the return of the old lady. But the instant he reluctantly agrees to marry her she is transformed into his perfect Papagena, only to be immediately whisked away by the brotherhood: he is not yet worthy of her.

Convinced Tamino no longer loves her, Pamina prepares to kill herself, but is prevented by the Three Boys, who reassure her of his devotion. Two men in armour help Tamino prepare for his final trials. Free now to speak, he is reunited with Pamina who resolves to undergo the trials of fire and water alongside him. Devastated by the loss of Papagena, Papageno prepares to hang himself. But once again the Three Boys intervene, telling him to use the magic bells to summon her back. The lovers are joyfully reunited.

The Queen of the Night, Monostatos and their allies make one final attempt to overthrow Sarastro but fail. ‘The rays of the sun expel the night and annihilate the power of the hypocrite’ proclaims Sarastro. He welcomes Tamino and Pamina into the brotherhood, as members of the order celebrate a new era of wisdom.

Performance timings

Timings are subject to change.

*Restaurants open

18, 22, 25, 29 MAY
1, 8, 14, 21, 24, 27 JUNE
3, 6, 13, 18 JULY

Gardens open: 3.00pm
Opera starts: 5.00pm
Interval (90 mins)*: 6.10pm
Opera resumes: 7.40pm
Opera ends: 9.10pm


Gardens open: 2.00pm
Opera starts: 4.00pm
Interval (90 mins)*: 5.10pm
Opera resumes: 6.40pm
Opera ends: 8.10pm

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Supported by Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson

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Main image: Photography by Westend61/Getty Images. Art direction & design by Ollie Winser

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