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The Magic Flute


Relish a brilliant theatrical display of Indonesian puppet theatre, African masks, and ideas from numerous cultures around the world fused into a 1 hour and 30-minute long spectacle at the MET Opera this winter! Mozart’s famous singspiel is sung in English in this innovative Julie Taymor production.

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why you should watch the magic flute

The Magic Flute, which was first presented over two centuries ago in Vienna, is an opera that wastes no time delving into the world of fairy tales. It is a singspiel, a story expressed through song, which Mozart composed in an attempt to appeal to audiences from all walks of life. The structure of the composition and its libretto proved to be an effective way of manoeuvring from one complex mood to another in the play. Although the play is essentially a fairy tale, Tony Award-winning producer Julie Taymor has filled it with deep symbolism and glazed it with simple comedy. Instead of rationalising the seemingly fantastical themes, Taymor has embraced these mystic elements and stepped it up a notch with a multitude of cultural elements from around the world.

The show features leading opera artists including Joelle Harvey, Ying Fang, Kathryn Lewek, David Portillo, and Joshua Hopkins. A wide range of thoughtfully designed costumes, incredible puppetry, and a talented cast of performers make The Magic Flute one of the top shows to look out for this season!

The Story

Set in a mythical world right in between the sun and the moon, The Magic Flute follows the classic fairy tale formula. Prince Tamino is saved from a serpent by three maidens who serve the Queen of the Night. Tamino is commanded by the Queen to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the evil Sarastro. In his quest to save the queen’s daughter, the prince is accompanied by Papageno the Birdcatcher and three spirit guides.

The two eventually meet a high priest who convinces them that it is the queen, and not Sarastro, who is truly evil. Prine Tamino ensures Pamina that he will free her from the torturous grasp of the Queen of The Night. To do this, he must pass three rigorous trials. Following a series of arduous tasks, the couple finally overthrows and banishes the Queen of the Night.

Good For

Lovers of Musicals | Fans of Mozart’s Classic Operas | Fantasy Buffs


“Julie Taymor’s Magic Flute is still mesmerizing at The Met.”
- Bachtrack

“Taymor’s production of “The Magic Flute” is an elaborate spectacle of symbolism which brings out the most out of the Masonic allegory found within the opera.”
- Opera Wire

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Show Details

Show Timings

19th, 24th December 2019, and 3rd January 2020 7:30 PM
4th January 2020 8:00 PM
15th December 2019 1:00 PM
26th December 2019 11:00 AM

1 hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission

Leading Roles
Joelle Harvey as Pamina
Kathryn Lewek as Queen of The Night
David Portillo and Paul Groves as Tamino
Rodell Rosel as Monostatos
Morris Robinson and Soloman Howard as Sarastro

Produced by
Julie Taymor

Conducted by
Lothar Koenigs

Set Design
George Tsypin

Choreographed by
Mark Dendy

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 8 and up.

Available Facilities
In-house Bar
Wheelchair Accessible
Coat Check

The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

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Theater Address

Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA

Getting There

By Subway

Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.

By Bus

Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Av/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.


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