The Magic Flute

November 03. 2021 - November 27. 2021

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November 03. 2021 - November 27. 2021

New-to-Chicago Production The Magic Flute


Mozart’s miraculous blend of the human and the supernatural, comedy and romance, draws us into a world where a prince, Tamino, and a princess, Pamina, triumph over every obstacle in their search for wisdom and enlightenment, and are finally united in love. This is a gloriously varied score, with the lovers’ soulful arias, the stratospheric vocal fireworks of the villainous Queen of the Night, the subterranean depths of the formidable high priest Sarastro, and the folk-like melodies of the lovable birdcatcher, Papageno. Lyric brings you a critically acclaimed production that pays homage to the silent movies of the 1920s, praised by The Guardian as “a joyous yet profound staging in which animation takes centre stage…[taking] live video to new heights on the opera stage.”

  • Language: Sung in German with projected English texts
  • Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

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The Magic Flute

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. & Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

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The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

The Magic Flute Commentary by Colin Ure

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Meet the artists

Production by Suzanne Andrade and Barrie Kosky
Concept by “1927” (Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt) and Barrie Kosky


* Lyric debut

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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.


Photo: Cory Weaver/Los Angeles Opera