La Flûte Enchantée

The Magic Flute
Théâtre des Variétés

Until July 10, 2014

French with English subtitles

Location

Théâtre des Variétés
7 boulevard Montmartre, 75002 Paris
Capacity 800 seats

Duration

1 hour and 40 minutes

No intermission


Details

Musical

Suitable for all ages

French with English subtitles

 


Highlights

The story of the young prince Tamino, on his long journey for Love & Wisdom...

The Magic Flute (German: Die Zauberflöte) is an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto was written by Emanuel Schikaneder who owned the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, where the work premiered in 1791.
 
The piece takes the form of a Singspiel, a form that was popularised in XVIIth Century Germany, in which dialogue is interspersed with song, similar to the structure of the musicals we see today.
 
Since it premiered some two centuries ago, The Magic Flute has been one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertoire, and is amongst the most frequently performed operas in the world.
 

Story

In this spellbinding adaptation by French director Jean-Philippe Daguerre, the original spirit of Mozart's masterpiece is brought back to life in a theatre version, while the most beautiful arias are performed on stage with the accompaniment of a quartet in place of an orchestra, in this vivaciously dynamic version of Mozart's opera.
 
The story of Prince Tamino has never been so alive and dazzling!

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Théâtre des Variétés

7 boulevard Montmartre, 75002 Paris

Welcome to the Paris theatre district! And as night falls, Parisians start gathering and theatre begin lighting up. Here, life starts after sunset... This is the setting of the Théâtre des Variétés, one of the oldest Parisian playhouses still operating.

 

Unique for its time, the Théâtre des Variétés was originally opened in 1790 by a woman, a certain Madame Brunet who was in close circles with the bourgeois of Versailles. After a brief period in prison for financial and political matters, she led the inception of the current location of the Théâtre des Variétés in 1807, at the entrance of the Passage des Panoramas, one of Paris' many covered passageways. For over two centuries, this high place of popular culture has seen on its stage some world-famous creators and artists, who forged its reputation and made it one of the most crowded theaters in Paris. Alexandre Dumas, Marcel Pagnol and Offenbach created some of their greatest works there!

 

This theatre even holds a few secrets! Back in a time when being seen out in public with anyone but your spouse would have certainly caused a scandal, the Théâtre des Variétés installed special screens in some of the private lodge seating, for mischievous theatre-goers to attend a show with whomever they please away from prying eyes. Can you spot the trap doors in the floor of the entry hall? As the backstage of this historic venue has little access due to the adjacent covered passageway, architects had to get creative and to this day much of the set and decor is entered through these secret trap doors!

 

Fast facts

Capacity: 800

Handicap Accessible? Unfortunately, no

Air conditioning? No