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The Magic Flute

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The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute will headline the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival.

The Magic Flute

Mozart’s The Magic Flute will make its New Zealand debut in the Auckland Arts Festival in March, 2019. This breath-taking, widely-loved and fantastically fun contemporary interpretation of the opera masterpiece has been a vastly popular production since premiering in 2012.

Berlin’s Komische Operhas fused the virtuosity of live opera with grand-scale, animated tableaux, which has blown audiences away, won international opera awards, accumulated rapturous reviews and played to over half a million people in 22 cities across the world.

The Magic Flute is co-directed by Komische Oper’s Artistic Director Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade from outstanding British performance company 1927. Together with animator Paul Barritt, the theatrical masterminds have created a thrilling, imaginative new world for the most performed opera of all time.

The production, in which the film animation interacts with superb live singers, evokes the enchantment of Buster Keaton’s silent movies, the dark underbelly of Tim Burton and Nosferatu, and the whimsy and humour of early animated cartoons like Felix the Cat and Betty Boop.


The Magic Flute will headline the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival. It plays 8 to 10 March 2019 at the Aotea Centre’s ASB Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

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