Mozart’s The Magic Flute Enchants at LA Opera

Mozart’s high comedy and adventure, The Magic Flute, lands at LA Opera, and it will transport you into a mystical world of good vs. bad with a stimulating blend of animation, illustration, and live performance. 

Zuzana Marková as Pamina and Theo Hoffman as Papageno in LA Opera’s 2019 production of “The Magic Flute.”

The Magic Flute, which was one of the last and greatest works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, originally debuted 66 days before his death. LA Opera hosts a unique blend of mixed medium with performers and projected hand-drawn animation, for a magical interpretation of this beloved opera. Animator & illustrator Paul Barritt, and writer & performer Suzanne Andrade, are the founders and artistic directors of 1927, an award-winning theater company which combines animation with live theatrical performances.

James Conlon conducts this masterpiece and has conducted nearly 60 different operas and over 375 performances to date with LA Opera.

The Magic Flute alternates musical numbers with spoken dialogue, much like a contemporary Broadway musical. The performance was like watching a silent film perfectly blended with the sounds of this singspiel style opera, a form of German opera that includes spoken dialogue and singing.

Bogdan Volkov as Tamino in LA Opera’s 2019 production of “The Magic Flute.”

The Magic Flute is set in ancient Egypt. Its story centers around Tamino played by Bogdan Volkov, a young prince who enters a quest to win the hand of the princess, whose name is Pamina played by Zuzana Markova. To marry Pamina, Tamino must undergo a series of initiation rites that test his dedication to reason. The opening scene has Tamino being chased by a giant serpent monster projected across the entirety of the stage. Performers moved and sang in perfect coordination to the animations.

Bogdan Volkov as Tamino in LA Opera’s 2019 production of “The Magic Flute.”

Queen of the Night, played by So Young Park, was projected as a huge spider at the top of the stage, as she tries to destroy Sarastro and lure Tamino and Pamina into her power.

Theo Hoffman as Papageno and Sarah Vautour as Papagena in LA Opera’s 2019 production of “The Magic Flute.”

The opera isn’t all drama though as the bird catcher, Papageno, Tamino’s sidekick played by Theo Hoffman, brings some comic relief as well as the romantic scene when Papageno reunites with his soulmate Papagena, played by Sarah Vautour.

You don’t want to miss this unique experience. To get tickets, head over to LA Opera’s website or click the remaining dates for this performance below.

Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 23 at 7:30pm

Sunday, December 1 at 2pm

Thursday, December 12 at 7:30pm

Sunday, December 15 at 2pm