Gloriously inventive animation and stunning live performance meet the music of Mozart in Komische Oper Berlin’s fantastically fun interpretation of the enchanted world of The Magic Flute

Download the programme for The Magic Flute here. Souvenir programmes are available to purchase at the performances.


Mozart’s master comedy opera is richly reimagined in a boundary-busting production by internationally-acclaimed opera company Komische Oper Berlin and co-directed by Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade from British theatre group 1927, with animation by Paul Barritt.

Blending projected animation with stunning live performance in an ingenious kaleidoscope of 1920s silent movies and Tim Burton-esque dark humour, this visual fantasia is made for film buffs and art lovers, as well as fans of opera.

Billows of smoke morph into images, giant spiders roam the forest, elephants splash in cocktail glasses – this wildly inventive The Magic Flute is like no other.

With its captivating and innovative staging where film animation interacts with live singers, this production has thrilled audiences around the world. Now New Zealanders have the chance to see this most popular of operas, featuring a large international cast and crew with a 75-strong glorious-sounding Berlin chorus and soloists travelling to Aotearoa and accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, exclusively at Auckland Arts Festival 2019.

Performed in German with English surtitles

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Find Out More
Watch the trailer here

Read a preview of The Magic Flute in The New Zealand Herald here
Barrie Kosky talks to RNZ National's Kim Hill. Listen here 
Animator Paul Barritt talks to RNZ Concert's Eva Radich. Listen here 

Hear from the opening night audience here

Backstage at The Magic Flute. Watch the video here


From flying pink elephants to giant singing spiders, Barritt’s dazzling artwork transports the accomplished performers into a 1920s fantasy land that at times mirrors a hallucinogenic dreamlike state as the cast flawlessly interact and effortlessly respond to the opulent visuals surrounding them." – The West Australian 
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"... endlessly inventive" –  New Zealand  Herald 
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"... a vibrant, funny, and fast-moving show that had the audience laughing and gasping with wonder. "  RNZ Concert
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"... eye-poppingly appealing and a tour-de-force in every respect." The Opera Critic
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"... spellbinding entertainment for an enjoyable and eye-opening night at the opera" –  Keeping Up with New Zealand  
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"... undeniably brilliant, exciting and endlessly fascinating ..." – Bachtrack
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"...  opera re-invented in astonishing visuals, as scene after scene unfolded with a flair that was breath-taking." –  Radio13 
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“Irresistible” The New York Times

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Very Visual Show. Click here for details of the performance for Deaf and hard of hearing patrons


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Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder
Directors: Barrie Kosky & Suzanne Andrade
Musical Direction: Jordan de Souza & Hendrik Vestmann
Staging: Barrie Kosky & Suzanne Andrade
Animation: Paul Barritt
Conception: Suzanne Andrade & Paul Barritt (1927) & Barrie Kosky

With The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Images:  Iko Freese /

Read more about Barrie Kosky (Komische Oper Berlin) and 1927 here

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Supported by

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With support from Opera Boost Patrons
Jeremy Collins
Sir Roderick and Gillian, Lady Deane
Trevor and Jan Farmer
Friedlander Foundation
Kent and Gaye Gardner
Dame Jenny Gibbs
The Wallace Foundation


... an enchanting, big-hearted, supremely lovable piece of whimsical animation and nimble stagecraft

The Guardian