Gloriously inventive animation and stunning live performance meet the music of Mozart in Komische Oper Berlin’s fantastically fun interpretation of the enchanted world of The Magic Flute exclusive to Auckland Arts Festival.
NEW ZEALAND PREMIERE / EXCLUSIVE TO AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL
Mozart’s master comedy opera is richly reimagined in a boundary-busting production by internationally-acclaimed opera company Komische Oper Berlin and co-directed by Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade from British theatre group 1927.
Blending projected animation with stunning live performance in an ingenious kaleidoscope of 1920s silent movies and Tim Burton-esque dark humour, this visual fantasia is made for film buffs and art lovers, as well as fans of opera.
Billows of smoke morph into images, giant spiders roam the forest, elephants splash in cocktail glasses – this wildly inventive The Magic Flute is like no other.
With its captivating and innovative staging where film animation interacts with live singers, this production has thrilled audiences around the world. Now New Zealanders have the chance to see this most popular of operas, featuring a large international cast and crew with a 75-strong glorious-sounding Berlin chorus and soloists travelling to Aotearoa and accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, exclusively at Auckland Arts Festival 2019.
Performed in German with English surtitles
“Irresistible” – The New York Times
“Endlessly inventive” – Wall Street Journal
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder
Directors: Barrie Kosky & Suzanne Andrade
Musical Direction: Jordan de Souza & Hendrik Vestmann
Staging: Barrie Kosky & Suzanne Andrade
Animation: Paul Barritt
Conception: Suzanne Andrade & Paul Barritt (1927) & Barrie Kosky
With The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Images: Iko Freese / drama-berlin.de
Read more about Barrie Kosky (Komische Oper Berlin) and 1927 here
By arrangement with
With support from Opera Boost Patrons
Trevor and Jan Farmer
Kent and Gaye Gardner
Dame Jenny Gibbs
The Wallace Foundation
... an enchanting, big-hearted, supremely lovable piece of whimsical animation and nimble stagecraft— The Guardian