'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

6-14 November 2017: Opera Comique, Paris, France

14 - 25 September 2017: Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA  

20-23 July 2017: Cincinatti Opera, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 

24-26 May 2017: Bolshoi Theatre, Chekhov International Festival, Moscow, Russia

11 December 2016 - 29 April 2017: Polish National Opera, Warsaw, Poland 

8-13 July & 7-16 September 2016: Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, spain

26 Feb - 30 Apr 2016:  Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, Finland                        

13 Feb - 6 Mar 2016:   LA Opera, LA, USA                                                        

16-30 January 2016:  Teatro Real Madrid, Madrid, Spain

24 - 25 Oct 2015:  Banlam Grand Theater, Xiamen, China

30 Oct – 2 Nov 2015:  Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China

14-21 Nov 2015:  Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, USA                                 

30 Oct - 1 Nov 2015:  Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China         

24-25 Oct 2015:  Banlam Grand Theatre, Xiamen, China                  

10-12 September 2015:  Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai, China

27-30 August 2015:  Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, UK 

27-28 Sep 2014:  Festspielhause, St Polten, Austria                        

7-21 Apr 2014:  Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, USA                       

30 Nov – 15 Dec 2013:  LA Opera, Los Angeles, USA       

November 2013 + (running in rep):  Theater Duisburg, Germany

November 2013 + (running in rep) : Opernhaus Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany 

November 2012 + (running in rep): Komische Opera Berlin, Berlin, Germany


The Magic Flute Production Images by Iko Freese