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The Magic Flute

Komische Oper Berlin | Barrie Kosky | 1927
27 - 30 August 2015
Festival Theatre

Mozart’s masterful comedy is richly reimagined in a boundary-busting production created by director Barrie Kosky and British theatre group 1927, blending animated film and live action in a spectacular kaleidoscope of 1920s silent movies, Weimar cabaret, the dark humour of Edward Gorey and German expressionism.

Immense, three-storey spiders, Nosferatu and Buster Keaton, flappers and demons, butterflies and wolves – this wildly inventive The Magic Flute is like no other.

Since arriving at the Komische Oper in 2012 Barrie Kosky has presided over a period of unprecedented success with the opera journal Opernwelt calling the Komische 'Opera House of the Year' in 2013 and the International Opera Awards naming Kosky 'Director of the Year' in 2014.

Founded in 2005 by animator and illustrator Paul Barritt, and writer and performer Suzanne Andrade, 1927 has won critical and popular acclaim with works such as Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and The Animals and Children Took to the Streets.

a perfect combination of all the things worth loving: silent movies, Weimar cabaret, David Lynch and the Brothers Grimm

The Guardian

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  • Language: 
    Sung in German with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    2 hours and 40 minutes approximately


Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street,

Supported by

Dunard Fund



Komische Oper Berlin
Co-directed by Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade

Kristiina Poska Musical direction
Suzanne Andrade and Barrie Kosky Staging
Paul Barritt Animations
Concept by 1927 (Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt) and Barrie Kosky

Pamina Maureen McKay*, Adela Zaharia†
Tamino Allan Clayton*, Jussi Myllys†
Königin Olga Pudova*, Beate Ritter†
Sarastro Dimitry Ivashchenko*, Bogdan Talos†
Papageno Dominik Köninger
Papagena Julia Giebel
Monostatos Peter Renz*, Johannes Dunz†
1st Dame Nina Bernsteiner*, Mirka Wagner†
2nd Dame Karolina Gumos*, Theresa Kronthaler
3rd Dame Ezgi Kutlu*, Nadine Weissmann†

*27 & 29 Aug | † 28 & 30 Aug


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The Magic Flute | The Guardian

August 28th 2015
Review by: 

Kate Molleson

Photo: Iko Freese /

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2017 International Festival programme will be released in the spring.


Dress circle: £76 £68 £46 £18
Stalls: £76 £68 £59 £46 £34 £18
Upper circle: £46 £26 £18

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot card holders: 50% off