Opera The State Opera

Die Zauberflöte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder
Conductor: Martin Leginus
Stage director: Ladislav Štros
Sets: Vladimír Nývlt
Costumes: Josef Jelínek
Chorus master: Adolf Melichar
Choreography: Otto Šanda

State Opera Orchestra
State Opera Chorus

Premiere: October 20, 1995

Mozart wrote his final operatic work, to Emanuel Schikaneder’s libretto, in 1791, several months before his untimely death. The magical fairy-tale is replete with imagination, humour, as well as philosophy. The characters of Prince Tamino, Princess Pamina, the sage Sarastro – master of the realm of light –, the evil Queen of the Night and, above all, the merry birch-catcher Papageno have enchanted audiences worldwide for more than two centuries, constantly giving rise to the same questions: Is Die Zauberflöte a glorification of Masonry? Does it encapsulate Mozart’s credo of Good prevailing over Evil? Or is it “merely” a fantasy fairy-tale intended for the audiences of the people’s Theater auf der Wieden, managed by the impresario Emanuel Schikaneder?
It was none other than Schikaneder who submitted to Mozart the idea of composing Die Zauberflöte, since he knew that the visitors to his theatre above all longed for plays abounding in magic… No wonder then that the opera’s ambiguity has led staging teams to various symbolical interpretations. At the State Opera, Die Zauberflöte is a magical and mysterious fairy-tale that poetically and concisely expresses Order’s victory over Chaos, as well as the fact that decency and morality are the highest mission of society. The State Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte, directed by Ladislav Štros, has earned repeated success in Japan too.

The opera is staged in German original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.
Photo: Oldřich Pernica, Dan Jäger
Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 35 minutes, one 20-minute intermission.


This production is not performed at the present time.


The Queen of the Night



First Lady

Second Lady

Complete Cast

Third Lady



First Man in Armour

Second Man in Armour

First priest

Second priest


The first slave

The second slave