Mozart’s classic opera The Magic Flute is transformed for the 21st century with giant puppets, spectacular costumes, flying children and dancing animals. This spectacular new production opens at the Sydney Opera House on Friday 6 January 2012.
Opera Australia opens its 2012 Summer with Julie Taymor’s wildly imaginative, highly-acclaimed production of The Magic Flute. Taymor, who also created the award-winning Broadway musical The Lion King, was approached by New York’s Metropolitan Opera to create a new vision for Mozart’s final work for theatre in 2002. She took Mozart’s music and, using an idiomatic English translation by American poet J. D. McClatchy, George Tsypin’s amazing designs and her trademark skills in visual art, puppetry, mime and dance, fashioned a 100 minute show designed to appeal to audiences from 10 to 100!
This production is a showcase for the rising stars of Opera Australia, and includes European-based Suzanne Shakespeare in the role of the Queen of the Night.