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Mozart’s Magic Flute in New Production Merging Performers with Animation

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One of the world’s most successful stage works receives a new magical interpretation in a production by director Barrie Kosky and British theater company 1927, in which performers interact with an animated film.  After rave reviews in Los Angeles and Berlin, “The Magic Flute” premieres at Duesseldorf’s Opera House on September 13, 2014 for performances through June 5, 2015. 

Düsseldorf, Germany – The fairy tale world of lovers Tamino and Pamina and their path to enlightenment after a series of tests and obstacles comes to new life in a production of “The Magic Flute” by director Barrie Kosky and British theatre company 1927.  The show premieres at Düsseldorf’s Opera House on September 13 after great success in Berlin and Los Angeles.  Singers interact on stage with a hand-drawn animated film that follows Mozart’s magic along with main characters Tamino, Pamina and Papageno.

There is hardly another stage work with as successful history as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final opera, which premiered in Vienna in September 1791.   Key to its success then, as now, is the visual and theatrical richness of the opera and its fantastic potential for the stage.  Just like librettist Emanuel Schikaneder did with numerous and complex stage effects that amazed the audience at the original premiere, the new interpretation, conceived and produced by Barrie Kosky in collaboration with 1927, mesmerizes with its imaginative details and technical finesse. “You have to revel in the inconsistencies of the plot and characters and in the mix of fantasy, surrealism, magic and deeply moving human emotion,” explains Kosky (duration: approx 2.5 hours, one interval).

Düsseldorf’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for many of the city’s music and art events throughout 2014, including “The Magic Flute.”  The package, called “Düsseldorf à la Card,” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at https://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/accommodation/hotel-packages/duesseldorf-a-la-card/.  Prices start at €49 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3-star hotel in the city center and at €95 per person for a 4-star hotel.  The package includes breakfast, one DüsseldorfCard (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package. Please check the website for current information.

For more information about the opera, show times and tickets, please visit: www.operamrhein.de.

For more information about the destination Düsseldorf, please visit: www.visitduesseldorf.de.