The Magic Flute

"The Magic Flute," or "Die Zauberflöte" in German, was the last opera completed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. Premiering in 1791 in Vienna, it remains one of Mozart's most popular and frequently performed works.

"The Magic Flute" is renowned for its enchanting music, vibrant characters, and timeless themes of love, enlightenment, and the triumph of good over evil. It blends elements of fairy tale, myth, and Masonic symbolism into a rich and captivating operatic experience.

The footage captures a performance at the Riverside Church Theatre in New York City.

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The opera follows the story of Prince Tamino, who is sent on a quest by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter, Pamina, from the nefarious Sarastro. Accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno, Tamino embarks on his journey armed with a magic flute and silver bells.

As Tamino and Papageno navigate their way through trials and challenges, they encounter a host of colorful characters, including the Three Ladies, Monostatos, the Speaker of the Temple, and the Queen of the Night herself. Along the way, they learn about love, wisdom, and the power of music.

Ultimately, Tamino and Pamina face tests of their love and devotion orchestrated by Sarastro, who is revealed to be a benevolent figure seeking to guide humanity toward enlightenment. With the help of the magic flute and the trials they endure, Tamino and Pamina emerge triumphant, their love proven pure and true.


Type of show

Opera in German language, suitable for all ages

Running time

180 minutes

Actors on stage

16 singers, 3 dancers, 21 Choir Members, 30 Orchestra members

Get in

Access is required from 10 am on the day of performance.

Set Strike time

Four hours.


On request.


The show is also suitable for non-theatrical spaces (ie halls, and exhibition spaces).



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Tilmann Schillinger

Original Cast

Tamino - Wolfgang Hackl

First Lady - Inge Schulz

Second Lady - Margareta Hillerud / Michaela Kollar

Third Lady - Ursula Weber-Capitain

Papageno - Robert Szuecs

Queen of the Night - Karin Frölén / Stella Scott

First Boy - Theresa Gulati

Second Boy - Vanessa Payer-Kumar

Third Boy - Gita Pattison

Pamina - Dorthe Holst Rose Svastha / Margareta Hillerud

Monastatos - Göran Frölén

First Knight / First Priest - Gerald Wirth

Second Knight / Second Priest - Martin Kirchbaumer

Sarastro - Thomas Scott

Papagena - Karin Frölén / Theresa Gulati

Papageno and Pagagena's Child - Gabriel Holst

Slave - Robert Harrison O'Carrall

Slave - Leo Zeilinger

Dancer - Victoria Belan

Dancer - Deborah Hanna-Leoni

Dancer - Monia Giovannangeli


Tilmann Schillinger


Gita Pattison

Sia Kirchbaumer

Original music / Orchestra

Music - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto - Emanuel Sschikaneder

Conductor - Emanuel Schulz

Choirmaster -Gerald Wirth

Stage and Lighting design

Gunther Thurner


Mason Doran

Jeffrey Dale

Vasilij Belan

Thomas Dlagaja


Monia Giovannangeli

Costume Design

Inge Hanny


Barbara Kramer

Lore Jakob

Silvia Fembek

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performance history
(country, theatres)


Theatre in der Längenfeldgasse
Vienna Austria

23 - 25/ 08/2000
The Theatre of the Riverside Church
New York, NY, USA

29 - 30/ 08/2000
High School Theatre
Canajoharie, NY, USA


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