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.
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!
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.
Lovers of Musicals | Fans of Mozart’s Classic Operas | Fantasy Buffs
“Julie Taymor’s Magic Flute is still mesmerizing at The Met.”
“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
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 8 and up.
The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800.
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.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.
Strict Cancellation Policy
This experience cannot be cancelled, rescheduled, or amended.
You will receive your tickets along with your email confirmation shortly. You need to print the same and display it at the ticket counter.
Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA
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.
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.
The ticket is valid only for the exact date and time you have opted for.