Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute: a semi-staged performance

Join us for a semi-staged performance of Mozart's final operatic masterpiece

Following the end of lockdown and the Government’s latest guidelines, we are delighted to announce that new dates have been added for the semi-staged production of The Magic Flute on 9 and 10 December. Both performances will start at 4.00pm.

TICKETS: £40 – £60

As part of the booking process you can select your own seats online. To manage social distancing within the auditorium, all seats are grouped in pairs.
If you’d like to discuss seating options, or book an odd number of tickets, please call the Box Office on 01273 815 000 (Monday – Friday, 11.00am – 5.00pm).

By selecting a pre-performance dining option you will be able to arrive 2.5 hours before the performance begins, allowing you to make the most of your visit. If you choose not to extend your visit time by pre-booking one of our dining options, for your safety you’ll be asked to arrive no more than 20 minutes before the performance start time. Everything we do is managed in line with the latest guidance from Public Health England, to ensure everyone’s safety. Find out what to expect during your visit in our step-by-step guide.

About the performance


True love conquers all in a colourful fairy tale that pits the forces of darkness against truth, goodness and light.

Prince Tamino is on a quest: to rescue the beautiful Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, who has been kidnapped by her father Sarastro. But is all really as it seems? With the help of bird-catcher Papageno, Tamino must brave not only dragons and the forces of darkness but trials of fire and water if he is to arrive at the truth and gain Pamina as his wife.

Composed just months before his death, Mozart’s final stage work is a musical masterpiece that reimagines opera for the Age Of Enlightenment. The sweetness and apparent simplicity of this enchanting score conceals a great deal of sophistication, weaving some of the composer’s most beautiful and best-loved melodies together in an elegant allegory whose wicked queens and noble princes are just the beginning of the story.

This 90 minute cut-down version of The Magic Flute will be performed in English and is directed by Donna Stirrup. Leo McFall conducts the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra.

Concessions*: 50% off top price tickets

*Concessions are available for under 18s; full-time students; and those in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support or Pension Credit.

Wheelchair users and registered disabled ticket holders can book a companion ticket free of charge. Please call the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 815000 to book.

The Magic Flute

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
English version by Jeremy Sams
Performed by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED

Creative team

Leo McFall

Donna Stirrup

Assistant conductor / Chorus Director
Aidan Oliver

Assistant Director
Ian Rutherford

Vocal coach
Steven Maughan

Répétiteur and Glockenspiel
Matthew Fletcher

Lighting design
Jonny Venn

Costume Coordinator
Sarah Umney

The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
Leader Richard Milone

The Glyndebourne Chorus

Cast includes

Thomas Atkins
Nick Pritchard (9 & 10 December)

Gemma Summerfield

David Shipley

Queen of Night
Nazan Fikret

Huw Montague Rendall

David Shaw

Madison Nonoa-Horsefield

First Lady
Carrie-Ann Williams

Second Lady
Kamilla Dunstan

Third Lady
Eirlys Myfanwy Davies

John Mackenzie-Lavansch

1st Man in Armour
Brenden Gunnell

2nd Man in Armour
William Thomas

You can download a free PDF of the programme below

Dining options

enhance your visit

We have been working hard to provide the best experience under the current guidelines. Enhance your visit by booking a pre-performance dining experience, or a reserved space if you prefer to bring your own picnic. By selecting one of these options you will be able to arrive 2.5 hours before the performance begins, allowing you to make the most of your visit.

Middle and Over Wallop restaurant

£45 pp for three courses, includes coffee and chocolate


  • Caramelised celeriac and apple volute, Brighton blue cream, shaved chestnut (v)
  • Pate en croute, piccalilli
  • Home smoked salmon, eggs mimosa, dill biscuit
  • Sussex breast of turkey, ragu of leg, potato terrine, sprout tops
  • Heritage beetroot pithivier, creamed leeks, sprout`a’verde (v)
  • Hazelnut crusted cod, turnip brandade, chard, sauce soubise
  • Pumpkin meringue pie, preserved elderberry (Ve)
  • Bitter chocolate & Praline Marquise, crème fraiche, Clementine (v)
  • Selection of British cheese, mulled pear chutney, toasted fruit bread (v)

Mildmay Tearooms

Our Christmas Ha-Ha Tea at £22 per person includes freshly baked spiced fruit and cinnamon scones with Cornish clotted cream and mulled plum, blackberry and thyme jam, finger sandwiches, seasonal cakes and a selection of teas or coffees.

Greenhouse & Garden Marquees

Bookable for those bringing their own refreshments.

We’ve ensured there’s plenty of distancing between parties in each location and have opened more spaces to ensure that everyone who wants to extend their visit, can. Please note that all dining options must be booked in advance online or through the Box Office, including space in the marquees.

How to book
  • There is the option to book your dining experience when booking your tickets.
  • If you have already booked your tickets and would like to book a dining experience, please call our Box Office at +44 (0)1273 815 000.
  • Once you have booked your dining experience please log into your account at diningatglyndebourne.com to select your menu choices.

If you choose not to extend your visit time by pre-booking one of our dining options, for your safety you’ll be asked to arrive no more than 20 minutes before the performance start time. Unfortunately, the grounds won’t be open for general use and the Long Bar will remain closed for the autumn performances.

Please be aware that to ensure your safety there will be no interval during the performances.

Thank you for working with us during these extraordinary times.

Ensuring your safety at Glyndebourne

Your safety is our number one priority. We promise to keep you feeling safe during your visit to Glyndebourne. Everything we do is managed in line with the latest guidance from Public Health England.

Click here to read about the measures we have in place to ensure safe social distancing and sanitisation.

Read the full terms and conditions

Image credits
Main image: Painted collage by Shadric Toop

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.

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