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 Zauberflote 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.
Handel and Yvonne Evans
Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson
Cast and creative team
Conductor Antonello Manacorda
Direction and Design Barbe & Doucet
Orchestra Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Tamino David Portillo
Pamina Sofia Fomina
Sarastro Brindley Sherratt
Queen of the Night Caroline Wettergreen
Papageno Björn Bürger