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Total duration 2 h 45 min
1 intermission (25 min)
10 performances
15.9.2022 – 26.4.2023
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
17-109 €
Performed in Finnish
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

A wonderfully wild version of the classic

Combining animation and live singers makes for a hugely enjoyable and widely acclaimed experience. In this celebrated production created at the Komische Opera in Berlin, The Magic Flute is recast as a fantastic tale from the golden era of silent cinema. The precisely timed collaboration of live action and moving images brings an endless variety of fantastic riches to the stage.

The familiary story of Tamino seeking Pamina and Papageno pining for Papagena and of the struggle between darkness and light is all there, as is Mozart’s wonderful music. The story is more captivating than ever, with the spoken dialogue being replaced with animation and text.

Suggested age guidance 7+.

Tickets to performances in autumn will go on sale 6 April at noon. Tickets to performances in spring 2023 will go on sale 4 October at noon.

Performances & Tickets

2 h 45 min
1 intermission (25 min)
10 performances
15.9.2022 – 26.4.2023
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
17-109 €
Performed in Finnish
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Thu 15.9.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
Sat 17.9.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Thu 22.9.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Sat 24.9.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Sun 25.9.2022
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Wed 28.9.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Sat 15.4.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Tue 18.4.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Thu 20.4.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Wed 26.4.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €

See trailer

Taikahuilu

Synopsis

Prince Tamino is chased by a giant snake and is rescued at the last moment by the three ladies of the Queen of the Night. When he wakes, he meets the carefree birdcatcher Papageno. Tamino and Papageno are given a mission by the Queen of the Night: they must rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of Sarastro. They are given a magic flute and magic bells to protect them. Papageno soon manages to save Pamina from Monostatos, but the two are captured. Fortunately Papageno’s magic bells render Monostatos and his soldiers harmless.

Tamino encounters the High Priest, and it begins to emerge that Sarastro is not the villain of the story after all. In order to join Sarastro’s brotherhood, Tamino must pass a series of ordeals. He is required to be silent, which Pamina interprets as rejection. In her despair she is about to take her own life, but the three boys step in. They reassure her that Tamino still loves her.

As the sun rises, the power of the Queen of the Night is dispelled. Papageno is reunited with Papagena and Tamino with Pamina.

The complete synopsis can be found in the programme leaflet.

#FNOMagicFlute

Taikahuilu. Koit Soasepp, Ilkka Hämäläinen.

“The Finnish National Opera’s Magic Flute takes audiences on an amazing journey of fantasy. Its style combines 1920s two-dimensional silent films with 18th century copper engravings and contemporary cartoons.”

– HELSINGIN SANOMAT

Creative team

Music
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor
Jonas Rannila
Director
Suzanne Andrade
Director
Barrie Kosky
Concept design, animations
Paul Barritt
Visual design
Esther Bialas
Dramaturgy
Ulrich Lenz
Lighting design
Diego Leetz

Cast

Pamina
Johanna Maria Nylund
Anu Komsi, photo: Ville Paul Paasimaa
The queen of the night
First lady
Heta Sammalisto
Second lady
Pihla Terttunen
Third lady
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1. boy
NN
2. boy
NN
3. boy
NN

Listen to The Magic Flute

Explore the libretto

Taikahuilu. Eeva Hartemaa, Jukka Romu.

The brand new Finnish translation of the Magic Flute is bursting with riotous rhymes and witty turns of phrase.

Complete the experience with refreshments

What can we get you?

Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our online store.

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.

Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific table for orders made via the online store. We may also seat several parties at the same table. You may be assigned a bar height table for enjoying refreshments standing up.