Kate Gaul’s highly anticipated new rendition of Mozart’s timeless masterpiece, The Magic Flute, will have its premiere at the Sydney Opera House on February 1, marking a standout event in Opera Australia’s Summer 2024 program.

In her directorial debut with OA, acclaimed director Kate Gaul has masterfully crafted a fantastical production, transporting the audience into a magical world for an enchanting adventure suitable for all ages.

The cast boasts Australia’s leading opera and musical theatre talents, including Australian-Mauritian soprano Stacey Alleaume, making her mainstage role debut as Pamina, and musical theatre star Ben Mingay in his OA debut as Papageno. This collaboration marks the first performance together for these accomplished singers.

Australian tenor Michael Smallwood, returning after more than two decades abroad, will make his debut on the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage as Tamino, reprising a role that earned him acclaim at Aalto Theater Essen in 2023. The stellar Australian ensemble includes Giuseppina Grech, David Parkin, Jane Ede, Ruth Strutt, Jennifer Black, Kanen Breen, Gregory Brown, and Nathan Lay. Additionally, mezzo-soprano Indyana Schneider makes her principal role debut as Second Lady.

Conductor Teresa Riveiro Böhm, known for her brilliance, will make her Sydney Opera House debut, guiding the Opera Australia Orchestra through Mozart’s sophisticated score, including the famous Queen of the Night coloratura aria. Tahu Matheson, OA’s exceptional Head of Music, will take over for the remainder of the season.

The creative team, featuring set designer Michael Yeargan, costume designer Anna Cordingley, lighting designer Verity Hampson, and set design consultant Richard Roberts, collaborates with Gaul to breathe life into this magical production on the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage.

Performed in English, The Magic Flute’s whimsical narrative, with a noble hero and his lovable sidekick rescuing a princess through surprising twists, provides a captivating entry point to opera for both children and adults. For devotees of Mozart’s masterpiece, the production promises brilliant staging and vocal performances.

Performance information

Where: 1 February – 16 March 2024 | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

When: Evenings at 7.30pm: February 1, 6, 10, 14, 17, 23, 29, March 5, 8, 11, 13, 16 Saturday Matinees at 12.00pm: February 3, March 2

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