NZ Opera // The Magic Flute

Dates // Times

Thursday 16 Jun // 19:30
Saturday 18 Jun // 19:30
Wednesday 22 Jun // 19:30
Friday 24 Jun // 19:30
Sunday 26 Jun // 14:30

In Mozart’s The Magic Flute, comedy and philosophy unite to produce a work that extols the virtues of courage, wisdom, and the enduring power of true love. This enchanting fairytale follows Prince Tamino’s quest to prove that he is worthy of the love of Pamina, playing out once more the age-old conflict between good and evil, darkness and light. As quirky as it is profound, this unique and transcendental opera stands apart from anything written before or since.

As the heroic Tamino, young American tenor Randall Bills makes his debut with NZ Opera, joining returning New Zealand soprano Emma Fraser as the beguiling Pamina. Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson is the embodiment of evil as the Queen of Night, raging against the noble, resonant bass of Wade Kernot’s Sarastro, while Samuel Dundas performs the hopelessly loveable Papageno.

Brought together by the inspired direction of Sara Brodie and conducted by NZ Opera’s Director of Music, Wyn Davies, The Magic Flute soars towards the sublime. From the first rousing chords of the overture, to the resplendent final chorus, this is life-affirming opera at its most powerful.

The Magic Flute is playing at ASB Theatre from 16 June. Get tickets >>