as part of Metropolitan Opera Live
Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE), one of opera's most beloved works, receives its first new Met staging in 19 years—a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared "the best production I've ever witnessed of Mozart's opera." Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart's fable. The brilliant cast includes soprano Erin Morley as Pamina, tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, baritone Thomas Oliemans in his Met debut as Papageno, soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and bass Stephen Milling as Sarastro. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met's award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
3h 30m. Sung in German with English subtitles.
Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
Pamina: Erin Morley
Queen of the Night: Kathyrn Lewek
Tamino: Lawrence Brownlee
Papageno: Thomas Oliemans
Sarastro: Stephen Milling
"The Met's DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE melds music and movie magic. The production captures the anything-can-happen shimmer that defines live theater while allowing for film effects that serve as a bridge between the actors and musicians." – Observer
"As the entire ensemble sang the closing paean, a reconciliation of beauty and wisdom, the evening ended as naturally as it began. Milling's Sarastro took the hand of Lewek's Queen and gave her a kiss on the cheek. It seemed as though the characters were transforming back into actors before our eyes — and inviting audience members to consider whether they, after all that had transpired, had changed too." – New York Times
"The Met humanizes Mozart's fantasy. Simon McBurney's production of THE MAGIC FLUTE is an unusually nuanced yet still playful rendition of the fairy tale." – Wall Street Journal