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The Met’s English-language family version of Mozart’s enchanting masterpiece has become one of the city’s essential holiday traditions. Edo de Waart conducts Julie Taymor’s spellbinding production, with special holiday pricing and a 100-minute running time. Nathan Gunn reprises his much-loved portrayal of the bird-catcher Papageno.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) was the son of a Salzburg court musician who exhibited him as a musical prodigy throughout Europe. His achievements in opera, in terms of beauty, vocal challenge, and dramatic insight, remain unsurpassed. He died three months after the premiere of Die Zauberflöte, his last produced work for the stage. The remarkable Emanuel Schikaneder (1751–1812) was an actor, singer, theater manager, and friend of Mozart who wrote the opera’s libretto, staged the work, and sang the role of Papageno in the initial run.
Production Julie Taymor
Set Designer George Tsypin
Costume Designer Julie Taymor
Lighting Designer Donald Holder
Puppet Designers Julie Taymor, Michael Curry
Choreographer Mark Dendy
English Adaptation J. D. McClatchy
Revival Stage Director David Kneuss