An opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. The work premiered on 30 September 1791 at Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, just two months before the composer's premature death.
Production Team: Stage director Mikhail Pandzhavidze Musical director Evgeny Khokhlov Designer Mikhail Pandzhavidze Choirmaster Olga Safronova
Christmas Eve. A respectable German family are preparing a home play The Magic Flute. Father is quarrelling with his wife, while maids and lackeys work and flirt with each other. Coachman Papageno sets the Christmas tree, butler Monostatos waxes the floor. Grandfather arrives with the cousin who is in love with the eldest daughter of the family. Suddenly the clock strikes – it is time to start the play. Prince Tamino is trying to escape a monster and falls unconscious. Three Ladies of The Queen of the Night kill the monster. The Prince recovers and sees Papageno the bird-catcher. The Ladies show the Prince a portrait of the Queen of the Night’s daughter Pamina, who is kidnapped by a wicked wizard. Tamino falls in love with Pamina. The Queen of the Night appears and promises to marry her daughter to the Prince, if he saves her. The Ladies give the Prince a magic flute: it will help him to overcome all obstacles. Papageno will be Prince’s companion. He is given the magic bells that can make anybody dance. Three magic boys will accompany Tamino and Papageno during their journey. Princess Pamina runs away from Sarastro’s palace because she cannot bear the Moor Monostatos’ harrasments. But the Moor catches the princess and chains her. Suddenly Papageno appears right in front of Monostatos. Both of them are scared of each other and run in different directions. But curiosity takes over and Papageno comes back. He tells Pamina that there is a prince who loves her and will save her. The three boys and Prince Tamino appear. But the priest is standing in their way. He tells the truth to the prince: Sarastro is not a wicked wizard, wisdom and kindness reign in his lands. Papageno accompanies Pamina on their way to the temple and his pipe responds to the sounds of Tamino’s Magic Flute. Monostatos is ready to catch the fugitives, but Papageno’s bells force them into marching away. Sarastro appears. Pamina confesses her disobedience. The Moor brings the Prince to Pamina and they fall into each other’s arms, but the Moor separates them roughly. He wants reward for his zeal. But Sarastro orders to punish him. He also announces that Tamino and Papageno will have to pass an ordeal in the temple.
The clock strikes tea-time. Everybody goes to the dining room. Father performs Sarstro’s aria. The clock strikes again. The family hurry to change their clothes and proceed with the play. The Three Ladies try to force Tamino to speak, but he resists. Papageno is ready to start speaking, but the Prince forces him to keep his mouth shut. Sarastro appears with thunder and lightning. The Ladies collapse unconscious. Monostatos reappears and cannot believe his luck. He sings about the joys of love he is deprived of because of his dark skin. Suddenly the play is interrupted. Father and Mother quarrel over their daughter’s destiny. At last, they come to an agreement and leave. The youngest children bring in Tamino and Papageno, brush up their costumes and give them back their bells and the flute. Tamino leaves playing the flute. Pamina appears. She keeps thinking about her beloved. Mother sees her daughter’s mood and listens to her love story. Father, Tamino, and grandfather appear. Parents bless the young lovers. But the clock strikes again and the play continues. Papageno is trying to find Papagena with the help of the bells, but she only teases him. Pamina is disconsolate because she is separated from her beloved. The youngest children interfere into the play and comfort her. The trials begins. In the temple Tamino and Pamina pass through water and fire triumphantly. Papageno fails to find Papagena and contemplates a suicide, but children remind him about the bells. He rings the bells and here comes his Papagena. Monostatos, the Queen of the Night and the Three Ladies are planning to attack Sarastro’s temple, but Sarastro appears unexpectedly and proclaims that the good won over evil. The play is over. The happy family make preparations for meal to celebrate Christmas and the young couple’s engagement.