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Die Zauberflöte
Experience Mozart’s irresistible fantasy in all its glory! Will brave Prince Tamino rescue Princess Pamina from the clutches of the evil Sarastro, and will Papageno the foolish bird catcher learn wisdom enough to help him? The Queen of the Night’s aria, with its stratospheric high notes, is just one of the countless highlights in this tale of love and magic, mysterious secrets, and whimsical fantasy. Julie Taymor’s (The Lion King) enchanting production captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its enlightened nobility. Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a cast of rising young stars.
Sung in German with English subtitles


Tickets are £18 (£12.50 for under 15s). Call 01902 716 055 to book, or click the blue link on the right to be taken to our online booking system.
DETAILS OF LIVE PERFORMANCE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. UPDATED July 2017.

Synopsis
Act I

A mythical land between the sun and the moon. Prince Tamino, pursued by a serpent, is saved by three ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night.
After they have left, the birdcatcher Papageno enters. He explains to Tamino that he is given food and drink by the Queen’s ladies in return for his birds and claims that it was he who killed the serpent. The ladies return to give Tamino a portrait of the Queen’s daughter, Pamina, who they say is being held prisoner by the evil Sarastro.
Then they padlock Papageno’s mouth for lying. Tamino falls in love with Pamina’s portrait at first sight. The Queen appears. She grieves over the loss of her daughter and asks Tamino to rescue her.
The ladies hand Tamino a magic flute to ensure his safety on the journey. Papageno, who is to accompany him, is given magic silver bells. Three spirits are appointed to guide them.

In Sarastro’s palace, the slave Monostatos pursues Pamina. He is frightened away by the arrival of Papageno, who tells Pamina that Tamino loves her and is on his way to save her.
Led to Sarastro’s temple, Tamino learns from a priest that it is the Queen who is evil, not Sarastro, and that Pamina is safe. He plays on his flute, charming the animals with the music and hoping that it will lead Pamina to him. When he hears the sound of Papageno’s pipes, he rushes off to follow it. Monostatos and his men chase Papageno and Pamina but are rendered helpless by Papageno’s magic bells.
Sarastro, entering in ceremony, promises Pamina eventual freedom and punishes Monostatos. Pamina is enchanted by a glimpse of Tamino, who is led into the temple with Papageno.

Act II
Sarastro tells the priests that Tamino will undergo initiation rites. Papageno and Tamino are sworn to silence.
The three ladies appear and have no trouble derailing Papageno from his course of virtue, but Tamino remains firm.
Monostatos tries to kiss the sleeping Pamina but is chased away by the arrival of the Queen of the Night. She gives her daughter a dagger and orders her to murder Sarastro.
Pamina is left alone in tears and consoled by Sarastro who explains that he does not seek vengeance against the Queen.
Papageno is quick to break a new oath of fasting and jokes with a flirtatious old lady, who vanishes when he asks for her name.
Tamino remains steadfast, breaking Pamina’s heart: she cannot understand his silence.The priests inform Tamino that he has only two more trials to complete his initiation.
Papageno, who has broken his oath, is eliminated from the trials. Pleading for a wife he eventually settles for the old lady. When he promises to be faithful to her she turns into a young Papagena but immediately disappears.
Despairing over Tamino’s apparent indifference, Pamina is about to commit suicide but is saved by the three spirits. She finds Tamino and walks with him through the ordeals of water and fire, protected by the magic flute. Papageno also is saved from a halfhearted attempt at suicide by the spirits, who remind him that if he uses his magic bells he will find true happiness. When he plays the bells, Papagena appears and the two are united.
The Queen of the Night, her three ladies, and Monostatos attack the temple but are defeated and banished. Sarastro joins Pamina and Tamino as everybody praises the gods Isis and Osiris and the triumph of courage, virtue, and wisdom.

Press for Norma

“Nobody brings out the magic in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte better than James Levine, and with a stellar cast under his baton the Met Opera’s revival of Julie Taymor’s enchanting staging sparkles like vintage champagne.” — Huffington Post

“With the South African soprano Golda Schultz making a dazzling debut as Pamina opposite the first-rate hometown New York tenor Charles Castronovo as Tamino and the Austrian baritone Markus Werba delivering a splendid Papageno, this is a superb opera outing that should not be missed.” — Huffington Post

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