Having played in more than 25 cities around the world, The Magic Flute finally comes to Australia for the opening weekend of the 2019 Adelaide Festival.
Mozart’s The Magic Flute is as much mass popular entertainment as it is a masterpiece and this unique production, which has delighted over half a million people worldwide, excels on both levels.
Barrie Kosky, Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt (from 1927, the company that wowed Adelaide Festival audiences with Golem in 2016) have created a game-changing blend of live action with bespoke, hand-crafted animation to give audiences of all ages an experience of opera that is musically and visually sublime.
Drawing heavily on the imagery of 1920s cartoons (Felix the Cat, Betty Boop), the silent films of Weimar Germany (Murnau) and Hollywood (Buster Keaton) its dark edge is reminiscent of Tim Burton but always leavened by innocent warmth and comical touches that are laugh-outloud funny.
If there are children in your life bring them too. It’s a knockout!
It is a tour de force. The audience oohed and ahhed, clapped, gasped and guffawed. There was no let-up…The experience was unforgettable.
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Witty and endlessly inventive
The Wall Street Journal
Event additional information
A Komische Oper Berlin Production
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto Emanuel Schikaneder Conducted by Jordan de Souza & Hendrik Vestmann
Directed by Suzanne Andrade (1927) & Barrie Kosky (Komische Oper Berlin) Animation Paul Barritt (1927) Conceived by Suzanne Andrade & Paul Barritt (1927) & Barrie Kosky (Komische Oper Berlin)
Presented by the Adelaide Festival in association with the State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Centre by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia. The presentation of The Magic Flute has been made possible by Leading Patrons David McKee AO and Pam McKee, Naomi Milgrom AO, the Adelaide Festival Opera Donor Circle, the Adelaide Festival Chairman’s Circle and MM Electrical Merchandising.