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The Estates TheatreApproximate running time
2 hours 45 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutesLanguage
In German, surtitles in Czech, EnglishPremiere
February 5, 2015
The famed musical fairy tale about fidelity and wisdom, as it all played out in Mozart’s imagination.
National Theatre Chorus
National Theatre Orchestra
Long Vehicle Circus
Mozart’s illustrious operatic oeuvre is rounded off by a work providing both copious entertainment and food for thought, affording a fantastic spectacle and presenting a magical ritual of initiation of the human spirit. All that is encompassed in Die Zauberflöte, and all that can be found in Vladimír Morávek’s colourful production, featuring a thrilling atmosphere and teeming with mysterious symbols. There is something for everyone – adults and children, including, if fear hasn’t consumed them, the very youngest.
Mozart wrote Die Zauberflöte when he was 35 years of age. The piece was intended for the common people visiting the Theater an der Wien, where it premiered on 30 September 1791, a mere three months before the composer’s untimely death. The German libretto was penned by the actor, impresario and dramatist Emanuel Schikaneder, a friend of Mozart‘s. The creators drew upon the tradition of the old Viennese magic opera, in which alongside human characters appeared various supernatural beings and animals, and stage machinery effects were applied.
Die Zauberflöte has become the best-known example of this highly popular genre not only due to the fairy-tale story in which by means of a magic flute and his comical companion, Papageno, Prince Tamino seeks the way to Princess Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night, but also thanks to the references to Masonic symbolism and, primarily, Mozart’s beguiling music, which warms the heart of audiences worldwide. A year after its premiere in Vienna, Die Zauberflöte was staged in Prague, at today’s Estates Theatre on 25 October 1792.
WARNING: We use fire effects during the performance.
Suitable for audience from 7 years.
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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 March at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of August 2023.
When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.
What to wear?
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
Parking at the Estates Theatre
Unfortunately, there is no parking near The Estates Theater. You can use the guarded parking lot in the Kotva shopping center (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1) and Paladium (Na Poříčí 1079 / 3a, Prague 1).
Buffets at the Estates Theater
No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!
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