23th July to 25th August 2014

The Magic Flute

Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The magic flute 2013/14
W. A. Mozart


Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

Premiere on 24 July 2014 – 9.15 p.m, Seebühne

Duration approx. 2'20 hours, no interval

What begins like a fairy-tale turns into a playful fantasy midway between magic farce and Masonic mysticism. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute, premiered in 1791, will be returning to the Bregenz Festival lake stage in summer 2014. It is directed by the festival's artistic director David Pountney with a stage design by Johan Engels, and costumes and puppets designed by Marie-Jeanne Lecca. Accompanied by the bird catcher Papageno, three enigmatic ladies and three prescient boys, Prince Tamino sets off on  his mission to free Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, from Sarastro's clutches.

The Magic Flute conveys an enlightened, humanistic ideal of man: at the end it is a normal man and a normal woman who bear responsibility for the future of society, while the machinery of power serving queens and priests reveals itself to be nothing but superfluous bombast. At one point, Sarastro's priest asks if Tamino will manage to complete all the ordeals since he's a prince. Sarastro answers, "More than that he's a human being!" And by the end of the opera we do indeed see Tamino and Pamina no longer as prince and princess, but simply as a man and a woman. For me, that's the essence of this work. The Magic Flute is steeped in the ideas of the Enlightenment, a movement that placed its faith in human reason and thus called into question the authority of time-honoured powers like the aristocracy and religion.

David Pountney

Artistic director and stage director of The Magic Flute

Further performances
25, 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31 July 2014 – 9.15 p.m.
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 August 2014 – 9 p.m.