This classic Opera debuted in 1791 shortly before Mozart’s untimely death and is still fascinating until this day. The Magic Flute gets a fantastical make-over by Australian director Barry Kosky at the Komsiche Oper Berlin in the form of a silent movie-style stage production. This unusual version of the opera has been shown around the world to almost half a million people and highly praised – Fiona Maddocks of The Guardian says ‘ Kosky has delivered a quixotic enterprise that buzzes and whirrs and spins with manic energy and joy. It is a tour de force.’ And The Los Angeles Times said »A dazzling live-action cartoon far too adorable to offend.«

The Opera is sung in German but you can have a translation in various languages which is shown on the seat in front of you.

The Magic Flute appears to give rise to more questions and mysteries rather than provide answers. At the end the immense fantasy of this magical opera defies all logic and reason. Its secret lies in deeper layers of fundamental human experiences for which the fairytale appears simply to be the most adequate form of expression and only music finds the appropriate language. It is with good reason that the “eponymous hero” of the opera is an instrument, or quite simply: music.

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You can see a snippet of what awaits you on this youtube clip:

Tickets are available from 12€ – 100€ online or at the Komische Oper Berlin Behrenstraße 55-57, 10117 Berlin .

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Hi there! I’m Juli, German roots but I grew up in New Zealand and have been living in Germany since 2004. I love sharing my passion for Berlin and all it has to offer with new ‘Berliners’ and through my work as a freelance Relocation Consultant with IRC I have the opportunity to do so.