'The Magic Flute' 

The Magic Flute marked 1927’s first opera, first large scale production and first time tackling a pre existing work – Mozart’s Magic Flute.  Co-conceived by 1927’s Co-Artistic Directors Paul Barritt and Suzanne Andrade in collaboration with Barrie Kosky, Artistic Director of The Komische Opera Berlin.  A celebration of true love conquering all, The Magic Flute transports the audience into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of darkness. The Magic Flute was co-directed by Suzanne Andrade and Barry Kosky, with full-scale animation, created by Paul Barritt.  The production premiered at the Komische Opera Berlin in November 2012 where it continues to play in repertoire, alongside new productions worldwide. 

The Magic Flute had its world premiere at Komische Opera Berlin on 25 November 2012.


A Komische Opera Berlin Production

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

Musical direction: Henrik Nánási, Kristiina Poska, Hendrik Vestmann

Directed by Suzanne Andrade (1927) & Barrie Kosky (Komische Opera)

Animation: Paul Barritt (1927)

Conceived by Suzanne Andrade & Paul Barritt (1927) & Barrie Kosky (Komische Opera Berlin)

Quotes & Awards

‘Has transformed the Magic Flute into a stunning live-action cartoon, so bewitching as to silence every criticism.’ Los Angeles Times

‘The British theatre group 1927 and Barrie Kosky have pulled off "a deliciously absurd blend of silent film and animation ‘ Berliner Morgenpost.

‘You are amazed by the perfection, you laugh in appreciation of the virtuoso design behind each of these scenes... Breath-taking!’ TAZ

‘this production points the way toward a freer, more experimental style of producing opera, even in a mainstream context.’ New York Times

Winner Opera World Award 

Performance History

November 2012 – May 2015:     

Komische Oper Berlin, Germany

November –December 2013        

LA Opera, Los Angeles, USA

December 2013 - June 2015 

Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Theater Duisburg & Opernhaus Dusseldorf) Germany

April 2014                

Minnesota Opera, Minnesota, USA

September 2014          

 Festspielhaus, St Polten, Austria