Dutch National Opera presents

Die Zauberflöte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

This show was to been seen in September 2018

Enchanting magic

Duration 3:00

Breaks 1

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Language German

Surtitles Dutch and English

What better way to kick off the opera season than with McBurney’s phenomenal staging of Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?

Simon McBurney is a master at conjuring a dazzling dream world using only a few simple objects. In his Die Zauberflöte we can see all the mechanisms at work, yet nonetheless are captivated by the enchanting magic that turns platforms into magic carpets, makes cartoon figures come alive and transforms empty bottles into a resounding carillon.

Magic for all ages

With its beloved comical figure of the bird-catcher Papageno, Die Zauberflöte is an opera for all ages. Kids aged 16 and under receive a discount on tickets to this production.

Pamina and Tamino

Sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter, Pamina, from the clutches of Sarastro, Prince Tamino instead finds enlightenment, completing his task even as the Queen’s plan to reclaim power is foiled. As always, the bird-catcher Papageno steals the show with his mix of humour and depth. Young people play a pivotal role in Die Zauberflöte, abandoning old rules to ring in a new era. Ultimately, the love between Pamina and Tamino triumphs over all.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart combined a diversity of elements in what was to be his final opera. Precisely that blend of the apparently incongruous makes Die Zauberflöte as fresh and contemporary today as it was at its world première in 1791. Seriousness and frivolity flow together seamlessly as Mozart interweaves philosophical concepts with a fairy tale world of bewitching creatures and magical musical instruments.

English director and actor Simon McBurney – acclaimed for his stirring self-directed solo performance The Encounter at the Holland Festival in 2016 – draws on a myriad of multimedia techniques for his productions. McBurney is particularly interested in the expressive power of the human body, and his stage productions employ an extremely physical acting style. Prior to Die Zauberflöte, Dutch National Opera hosted his opera-directorial debut A Dog’s Heart.

Thomas Oliemans returns in the role of Papageno. Debuting at Dutch National Opera as conductor is Antonello Manacorda, principal conductor of Het Gelders Orkest.

Co-production with English National Opera, London, and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Simon McBurney


Simon McBurney's work ranges from location theatre to innovative Broadway productions, is often based on classical texts and is always firmly connected with music.

Antonello Manacorda

Musical director

ANTONELLO MANACORDA has been the artistic director of Kammerakademie Potsdam since 2010 and the principal conductor of Het Gelders Orkest since 2011. Before that, he led I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan from 2006 to 2010.


Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Along with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has been the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Opera for over 30 years, and is internationally regarded as one of the best opera orchestras. Each season, the two orchestras perform the majority of the opera productions in Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra gives a varied programme of concerts in the Concertgebouw and also performs at other major concert halls and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Antonello Manacorda
Stage Director
Simon McBurney
Set Designer
Michael Levine
Costume Designer
Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting Designer
Jean Kalman
Video Designer
Finn Ross
Sound Designer
Gareth Fry
Movement Director
Josie Daxter
Simon McBurney
Klaus Bertisch
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Dutch National Opera Chorus
Chorus Master
Ching-Lien Wu
Dmitry Ivaschenko
Stanislas de Barbeyrac
Der Sprecher
Maarten Koningsberger
Zwei Priester / Zwei Geharnischter
Geoffroy Buffière
Trystan Llyr Griffiths
Königin der Nacht
Nina Minasyan
Mari Eriksmoen
Drei Damen
Judith van Wanroij
Rosanne van Sandwijk
Helena Rasker
Drei Knaben
Solisten des Knabenchores der Chorakademie Dortmund
Ein altes Weib (Papagena)
Lilian Farahani
Thomas Oliemans
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
    Wed 14 Feb De Volkskrant, 2015 *****

    ‘Theatre magician Simon McBurney expertly renders the artistry of Mozart’s fairy tale opera.’