About Die Zauberflöte
Legendary director Julie Taymor, who won a Tony Award for staging the Broadway smash musical The Lion King, brings her transcendent production of Mozart’s magical Die Zauberflöte back to the Metropolitan Opera. And this time, it’s seen in its full-length German version.
Set in a mythical land between the sun and the moon, Die Zauberflöte is the enchanted tale of a handsome prince named Tamino who sets off on a quest to rescue the lovely Pamina, a Queen’s daughter who has been imprisoned by the evil Sarastro. Accompanied by birdcatcher Papageno and entrusted with a magic flute that will help ensure a safe journey, Tamino and his cohort set out to save Pamina, who Tamino instantly falls in love with upon catching a glimpse of her portrait.
Taymor’s breathtaking production incorporates elaborate puppets, bringing serpents, birds and bears to astonishing life.
Pretty Yende, a South African soprano who made her Met debut just last season in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, returns in her first performances with the company since then, appearing as Pamina. The man who yearns for her and travels great distances to be with her is played by Toby Spence, as Tamino. Markus Werba is Papageno. And the great René Pape is Sarastro. Adam Fischer conducts.
Sung in German with Met Titles in English, German and Spanish
Performances of Die Zauberflöte vary from October 6th to November 8th, 2014.
Approximately three hours and 11 minutes (one intermission)
Did you know?
Die Zauberflöte is written in the form of a Singspiel, combining arias and songs with long stretches of spoken dialogue.
When Pretty Yende made her Met debut last season, she famously tripped and fell during her first moments on stage yet elegantly recovered (and wasn’t hurt), giving a performance that was such a triumph that she earned a massive ovation at the curtain call.
Anyone who loves grand theatrical spectacle, lush music and charming storytelling.
Good for kids?
An earlier version of this production was condensed to a child-friendly 90 minutes and sung in English. Younger kids may get restless at this much longer, German-sung version (which includes only one intermission), but for children who are patient, there’s much excitement to behold.
Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center