Dutch National Opera presents

Die Zauberflöte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

This show was to been seen in March 2015

Back by popular demand!

Duration 3:15

Breaks 1

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Language German

Surtitles English & Dutch


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Eine deutsche Oper in zwei Aufzugen, KV 620
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
World premiere 30 September 1791, Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna


Revival (2012/13)
Premiere 6 maart 2015
In samenwerking met Complicite, Londen

The fanciful theatre-maker Simon McBurney presented a very unique interpretation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in 2012, to overwhelming success. In response to popular demand, Dutch National Opera has decided to reprise the opera after an unusually brief interval.

In short

Director and actor Simon McBurney applies straightforward theatrical tricks in an amazingly transparent and simple way. The audience witnesses how everything is done but is still carried away by the overall magic. A floating floor turns into a flying carpet, three drawings are transformed into boys of flesh and blood, and empty bottles become a set of magic bells. Music and text seem to come from the audience itself as it identifies with the characters and events.

Trailer Die Zauberflöte


The plot
The story of the Pamina’s rescue from the clutches of Sarastro, who has kidnapped her, moves on to the purification of Prince Tamino and his initiation into Temple of the Sun. The prince successfully carries out the task that Queen of the Night, Pamina’s mother, has given him. But the Queen’s desire to regain power is not fulfilled. Papageno is, as always, an audience favourite: he is not only the most comical character, but also  has a serious side, and is even tempted by suicide just before the climax. The role of young people is key to the story: they want to abandon the old rules and welcome a new era. Die Zauberflöte is, in the end, a triumph of love between Pamina and Tamino.

Die Zauberflöte - 2012
Die Zauberflöte - 2012
Die Zauberflöte - 2012
Clärchen & Matthias Baus ©


Coproduction with the English National Opera, Londen and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

Simon McBurney
The English director and actor Simon McBurney makes generous use of multimedia techniques in his productions. He is most of all interested in the expressivity of the human body. His evocative stage productions exhibit an extremely physical acting style.  Dutch National Opera produced his first opera, A Dog’s Heart, in 2010.


Team, Cast and Chorus

Marc Albrecht /
Gergely Madaras (22, 24, 27 maart)
Stage Director 
Simon McBurney
Revival Director 
Max Webster
Set Designer 
Michael Levine
Costume Designer 
Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting Designer 
Jean Kalman
Video Designer 
Finn Ross
Sound Designer 
Gareth Fry
Movement Director 
Josie Daxter
Simon McBurney
Klaus Bertisch
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Dutch National Opera Chorus
Chorus Master 
Nicholas Jenkins
Brindley Sherratt
Maximilian Schmitt
Maarten Koningsberger
Erster Priester / Zweiter 
Thomas Dear
Zweiter Priester / Erster geharnischter Mann 
Elmar Gilbertsson
Königin der Nacht 
Iride Martínez
Chen Reiss
Erste Dame 
Judith van Wanroij
Zweite Dame 
Silvia de la Muela
Dritte Dame 
Julia Faylenbogen
Drei Knaben 
Knabenchor der Chorakademie Dortmund
Ein altes Weib (Papagena) 
Regula Mühlemann
Thomas Oliemans
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke


Fresh and current
Mozart combined a variety of elements in his last opera, making Die Zauberflöte just as fresh and current as at its premiere in 1791. Seriousness and jollity alternate seamlessly; Mozart combines philosophical ideas with a fairytale world of wondrous animals and magical musical instruments.


Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Netherlands’ finest orchestras are invited to accompany DNO productions. Our regular partner is the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Under former chief conductor Hartmut Haenchen the orchestra cemented its excellent reputation with Der Ring des Nibelungen. In 2014-2015: Gurre-Lieder, Lohengrin, La bohème and Macbeth (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra); Il viaggio a Reims and Die Zauberflöte (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra).


Every performance of National Opera & Ballet is preceded by an introductory talk. Learn more, enjoy more. The introduction begins 45 minutes before curtain and is held in the foyer of the second balcony. The introduction is free of charge to everyone attending the performance, and amplification is used to enhance audibility. Several days prior to the premiere, the introduction will be made available digitally as a podcast. Check this page to see if the podcast has already been made available.


With special thanks

actors Daniel Ainsworth, Clémentine Allain, Jorge Arbert, Elsa Averill, Fifamè Awunou, Robin Beer, Katerina Damvoglou, Carlos García Estévez, Gerold Guthman, Lidewij Mahler, Charlotte Smither, Ruth Sullivan, Alexander de Vree en Erik van Welzen.

    Tue 28 Jan Het Parool, 2012

    'One of the rare productions where there is nothing to criticize. It was magnificent. was het. A uncommonly scintillating opera experience. The excellent contribution of conductor Marc Albrecht and the fabulous soloists notwithstanding, the triumph of this Zauberflöte belongs to Simon McBurney.’

    Fri 07 Feb Financial Times on Armide, 2013

    ‘…the superb Netherlands Chamber Orchestra…’