The Magic Flute
Until November 19, 2022
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacity 2700 seats
3 hours and 5 minutes
Recommended for all ages
In German with English & French subtitles
Singspiel in two acts (1791) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on a libretto by Schikaneder, directed by Robert Carsen, with René Pape (Sarastro), Mauro Peter or Pavel Petrov (Tamino), Martin Gantner or Michael Kraus (Der Sprecher), Niall Anderson (Ester Priester), Pretty Yende or Christiane Karg (Pamina), Caroline Wettergreen (Königin der Nacht), Huw Montague Rendall or Iurii Samoilov (Papageno), Michael Colvin (Monostatos) and Margarita Polonskaya, Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur, Katharina Magiera (Erste Dame, Zweite Dame, Dritte Dame).
The aria of the Queen of the Night is one of the most virtuoso arias in the operatic repertoire. Come and discover Mozart's touching and funny opera, where the melodies and characters enchant young and old alike, in a production by Robert Carsen.
A tale of love, courage, and persistence, for many, it is the greatest of Mozart's operas, mixing both comedy and a deep-seated seriousness, showing the power of wisdom and the throngs of passion.
To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose from a selection of unique add-ons upon booking, such as a private cocktail, or a glass of champagne and exclusive access to the Salon Berlioz. See below for more details.
Prince Tamino is charged by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the prisons of the magician Sarastro, presented as a tyrant. Guided by the Queen's three ladies, the brave Tamino is accompanied by Papageno, a cowardly birdman.
Papageno is given a carillon and Tamino a magic flute - two instruments that will help them on their journey. Tamino discovers on his journey that it is not Sarastro who is the tyrant, but the Queen of the Night, who will do anything to take revenge on Sarastro, whom she hates. Tamino and Papageno are put to the test and their adventure is coupled with a true spiritual initiation that will lead them to the light and to love.
Drawing inspiration from the words of the composer in a letter to his father, the director Robert Carsen provides an elegant and sober version of The Magic Flute, taking a glimpse at death from the perspective of “our best friend”, – a source of reassurance and consolation. An eminently popular masterpiece, The Enchanted Flute allows Mozart to use musical clarity to attain a sincerity of singing which is in turn light, poignant, and solemn.
Add-Ons & Special Experiences
Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose one of the following upgraded offers at the time of booking:
Private Dinner Cocktail + Champagne + Programme + Show (6 pers. minimum)
This package includes an exclusive private lounge, an assortment of 25 appetizers per person, champagne, wines, and soft drinks.
Private Cocktail + Champagne + Programme + Show (6 pers. minimum)
This package includes an exclusive private lounge, an assortment of 10 appetizers per person, champagne, and soft drinks.
Champagne + Programme + Exclusive Access to Salon Berlioz + Show
This package is available even after standard sales for the opera are closed. It includes a glass of champagne, a show programme, and exclusive access to the Opéra Bastille's beautiful Salon Berlioz, reserved for primary ticket holders. As a result of our official partnership with the Friends of Paris Opera Association, the package can only be purchased via the Theatre in Paris box office.
Designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, the building was commissioned by French President François Mitterrand and inaugurated in 1989. For years many had lamented the lack of a modern venue in Paris capable of welcoming modern concerts and performances with different acoustic approaches, and the flexibility that a modulable venue lends. A movement started in the 1960s called for a larger new venue in Paris that would appeal to the masses, a modern compliment to the elaborate Palais Garnier. Just over 100 years after the inauguration of the Palais Garnier, the demands finally won over the newly-elected President Mitterrand, who supported the project as the headliner among many modern works launched during his term. Selecting the popular Bastille neighbourhood for its ease of accessibility from Paris and the surrounding areas, the old Bastille Train Station was destroyed to make way for the construction of the new venue. The building was complete just in time for the bicentary of the French Revolution.
The venue has undergone many changes in direction resulting from varying political affiliations, and has undergone major renovations since its construction to repair and to soundproof the entire structure. Unlike other auditorium designs, each and every seat at the Opéra Bastille guarantees an unrestricted view of the stage. With its white glass ceiling, crisp grey compliments, and black seating adorned with rich oak, the venue is an ode to modernity and simplistic design. From the exterior, made of blue granite from Brittany and blocks of glass, light is reflected from every corner of this angular venue.
Where will I be seated and will I see the subtitles properly?
There are a maximum of three categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The theatre is an Italian style auditorium, meaning the seats are in a horse-shoe shape. Theatre in Paris guests are centrally placed either in the orchestra, on the first level/mezzanine, or in the second, third, and fourth level lodge boxes to have an optimal view of the stage and subtitles.
How do I get to the theatre?
The theatre is accessible by the metro station Bastille (Lines 1, 5, and 8). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre on weekdays from 10 am to 7 pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to the theatre?
We invite you to arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats. Please note that the performances at the Opéra Bastille begin precisely on time, and all late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the auditorium until intermission.
How long does the show last?
The Magic Flute lasts three hours and five minutes, including one intermission.
Is it a show for travellers or French people?
Both! The Opéra Bastille has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for 30 years. This legendary opera performance is sung in its original German, and subtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to appreciate in one of France’s most iconic venues.
Subtitles or “surtitles”?
Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”. At the Opéra Bastille, the text is projected both on the sides of the auditorium, and centrally directly above the stage. Read more about surtitles here.
Does the venue have a specific dress code?
For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in casual chic attire. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.
Is there a coat check available?
Free cloakrooms are available on various floors of the theatre. Travel bags and suitcase are not allowed.
Can I take photos of the performance?
In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film or record the performance for the duration of the show. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the wonderful venue to remember your night out!
What is included with my premium ticket?
A program of the show, a glass of champagne and exclusive access to the magnificent Salon Berlioz are included in your tickets.
If I purchased premium tickets, where can I collect my program and my glass of champagne?
At the Opéra Bastille, you may pick your program in the main shop as well as at the program stands located at the main entrance, on the 2nd and 4th floors. You can choose to enjoy your glass of champagne before the performance or during intermission. Champagne will be available at public bars or in the exclusive Salon Berlioz. The Salon is located on the first floor, at the right of the entrance to the Opera House. It is accessible by elevator or by stairs.