• Details

    Mozart’s most magical comedy returns to Glyndebourne for the first time in over a decade in a brand-new production by Barbe & Doucet.

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    Enchantment meets Enlightenment politics in Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece. True love conquers all in a colourful fairytale that pits the forces of darkness against truth, goodness and light. Barbe et Doucet direct Glyndebourne’s first new production of Die Zauberflöte in over a decade.

    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 heady blend of knock-about comedy and contemplative beauty – 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.

    Antonello Manacorda conducts an exciting young cast including Sofia Fomina and Björn Bürger.


    Supported by
    Handel and Yvonne Evans
    Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Antonello Manacorda

    Direction and Design Barbe & Doucet

    Orchestra Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

    Cast includes

    Tamino David Portillo

    Pamina Sofia Fomina

    Sarastro Brindley Sherratt

    Queen of the Night Caroline Wettergreen

    Papageno Björn Bürger

  • Dates and times

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    Performance schedule Gardens Performance
    Date Open Start *Long interval Finish Train departs Victoria
    Thursday 18 July  
    3.00 5.00 6.20 9.10 1.46
    Sunday 21 July  
    2.00 4.00 5.20 8.10 12.46
    Wednesday 24 July   3.00 5.00 6.20 9.10 1.46
    Saturday 27 July   3.00 5.00 6.20 9.10 1.46
    Tuesday 30 July   3.00 5.00 6.20 9.10 1.46
    Thursday 1 August   3.00 5.00 6.20 9.10 1.46
    Sunday 4 August   2.00 4.00 5.20 8.10 12.46
    Tuesday 6 August   2.00 4.00 5.20 8.10 12.46
    Friday 9 August   2.00 4.00 5.20 8.10 12.46
    Sunday 11 August   2.00 4.00 5.20 8.10 12.46
    Wednesday 14 August   2.00 4.00 5.20 8.10 12.46
    Saturday 17 August   2.00 4.00 5.20 8.10 12.46
    Monday 19 August   2.00 4.00 5.20 8.10 12.46
    Thursday 22 August   2.00 4.00 5.20 8.10 12.46
    Saturday 24 August   2.00 4.00 5.20 8.10 12.46

    Opening night

    Insider Talk

    Study event


    *Long dining interval
    Our long dining interval lasts for 90 minutes

    Coach service: We provide a free round-trip coach service from Lewes station to Glyndebourne when you arrive on the recommended train detailed in this Performance Schedule, and there will be an additional coach service one hour later. This service is not pre-bookable and it is complimentary if used to and from Glyndebourne; a ticket is issued for your return journey.