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What you thought of: The Magic Flute

Read what the audience and critics are saying about our semi-staged performance of The Magic Flute.

The curtain has gone up on our 90 MINUTE SEMI-STAGED CONCERT PERFORMANCE OF MOZART’S FINAL OPERATIC MASTERPIECE.

Hear from the audience and the critics about what they thought…

Audience reaction

It was an absolute joy to hear live voices and an orchestra again. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance, and I thought the front of house staff did a superb job.

– Audience member

Stunning and fabulous – loved every minute!

– Audience member

Brought tears to my  eyes to see a live performance again.  I thought the cast was wonderful and everybody went to extraordinary lengths to make the experience work.

– Audience member

What the critics are saying

‘a thoroughly engaging escape from the gloom’

– Daily Telegraph

The youth of most of these first-rate singers heightened feelings of happiness, regret and a gratitude that Glyndebourne was offering the real Mozartian thing.’

– The Arts Desk

‘I was entirely unprepared for the wave of emotion that hit me at the curtain call.’

– New Statesman

the artists radiate joy at performing live for the first time in months’

– The Stage


Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening, we’re confirming that our performances of The Magic Flute on Sunday 1 and Tuesday 3 November will be going ahead as planned, in keeping with Government guidelines.

Tickets are no longer on sale for performances that were due to run between Thursday 5 November and Wednesday 2 December. We will be in contact with ticket holders about these performances very soon.



Image credits: The Magic Flute: a semi-staged performance, autumn 2020. Photos by Bill Cooper.

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