Con Opera presents Opera Australia’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

Join us to celebrate the next generation of opera singers as Sydney Conservatorium of Music presents Opera Australia’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

The ancient tombs of the Pharaohs hide many secrets. Will Tamino the daring archaeologist find them? Will it be Papageno, the zany ornithologist? Or will the forces of evil crack the code, find the treasure and get the girl? We present a ripping yarn for all the family.

The Magic Flute is a quest for wisdom and true love. Taking inspiration from the movies, director Michael Gow and designer Robert Kemp set this production of Mozart’s final work for the stage as a rollicking adventure in 1930s Egypt. There will be mummies, hieroglyphic puzzles and a good few laughs along the way, but is it opera? Mozart didn’t care and nor should you. He was far more concerned with firing his audience’s imagination through the power of music. Which is why you’ll find something for everyone in there, from the Queen of the Night’s demented showstoppers, to achingly beautiful arias, to simple ballads that wrap you up in warmth and charm.

Prepare to be enchanted, when this fully-staged production of The Magic Flute comes to the Conservatorium, complete with fabulous 1930s costumes, an orchestra and a vibrant cast of singers.

Sung in German, with English surtitles

Original production: conceived and directed by Michael Gow
Designer: Robert Kemp
Original Lighting Designer: Matt Scott
English Translation: Michael Gow with Anthony Legge (additional material by Roger Press)

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Production directed by Roger Press, based on the original conception and production of Michael Gow
Musical Director: Dr Stephen Mould
Revival Lighting Designer: Peter Rubie

Performance Dates

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes with a 20 minute interval


Music Workshop, via Level 2
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
1 Conservatorium Road, Sydney



Papageno Tristan Entwistle* Jeremy Dube^
Papagena Josi Ann Ellem* Jessica Blunt (cover)
Tamino Joshua Oxley Ryan O’Donnell (cover)
Pamina Samanta Lestavel* Ashlee Woodgate^
The Queen of the Night Esther Song* Aimee O’Neill^
Monostatos Ryan O’Donnell* Evan Kirby^
First Lady Sitong Liu
Second Lady Viktoria Bolinina
Third Lady Jia Yao Sun
First Spirit Victoria Bromberg Jessica Blunt (cover)
Second Spirit Victoria Hodgkinson
Third Spirit Rebecca Hart
Speaker/First Priest/Second Armed Man Haotian Qi
Sarastro Vincent Farrell
Second Priest / First Armed Man Jack Ayoub
* 14/10 and 19/10
^ 17/10 and 21/10

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