The Magic Flute opens Wednesday, November 3

November 3-27 at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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CHICAGO (11/3/21)—A prince's valiant quest leads to love at first sight. But to prove his worth for marriage, he must first survive daring trials of wisdom and devotion. The Magic Flute, Mozart's final opera, is full of gods and monsters, compassion and revenge, love and death—it is both a fanciful fairy tale and a profound reflection on spiritual enlightenment.

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a bold, new-to-Chicago production that pays homage to the 1920's silent movies and German expressionism, while remaining faithful to the magic the opera's title promises. Created by the team of Suzanne Andrade and Barrie Kosky and directed in Chicago by Tobias Ribitzki, The Magic Flute is a cinematic experience unlike any opera Lyric has produced.

Chicago native Karen Kamensek makes her Lyric debut conducting the Lyric Opera Orchestra in interpreting Mozart's captivating and familiar score. Starring Ying Fang as Pamina, Lila Dufy as the Queen of the Night, Pavel Petrov as Tamino, Huw Montague Rendall as Papageno, Tareq Nazmi as Sarastro, and Brenton Ryan as Monostatos.

View Lyric’s The Magic Flute program book here.

View Lyric’s The Magic Flute music information summary here.

View The Magic Flute images here

Please utilize Lyric Opera's online press room, where you can easily access the latest images, artwork, and video files, plus press releases—all in one place. We've introduced a password-protected area within the press room to enable media access to images.

A high-resolution video trailer will also be posted soon to Lyric's YouTube channel.

Performance dates for The Magic Flute are November 3, 7, 11, 14, 17, 19, and 27 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N Wacker Dr., Chicago. Performance times vary.

For tickets and information call 312.827.5600 or go to

The Magic Flute is performed in German with projected English texts. Running time is 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one 25-minute intermission.


Lyric's presentation of Mozart's The Magic Flute is generously made possible by The Negaunee Foundation, Nancy & Sanfred Koltun, Liz Stiffel, the Gramma Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa, Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross, and Randy L. & Melvin R.* Berlin.

Lyric Opera of Chicago thanks its Official Airline, American Airlines.

Lyric Opera of Chicago is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Lyric’s presentation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute is generously made possible by

The Negaunee Foundation

Nancy & Sanfred Koltun

Liz Stiffel

Gramma Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa

Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross

Randy L. & Melvin R.* Berlin

Additional support is provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production Circle.

A production of the Komische Oper Berlin, co-produced by Los Angeles Opera and Minnesota Opera.


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About Lyric

Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to redefining what it means to experience great opera. The company is driven to deliver consistently excellent artistry through innovative, relevant, celebratory programming that engages and energizes new and traditional audiences.

Under the leadership of General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Enrique Mazzola, and Special Project Advisor Renée Fleming, Lyric is dedicated to reflecting, and drawing strength from, the diversity of Chicago. Lyric offers, through innovation, collaboration, and evolving learning opportunities, ever-more exciting, accessible, and thought-provoking audience and community experiences. We also stand committed to training the artists of the future, through The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center; and to becoming increasingly diverse across our audiences, staff, programming, and artists—magnifying the welcoming pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

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