The Magic Flute Lite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

20 February - 20 March 2025

Dates & venues

Step into an enchanted world… A delight for all ages, this special matinee performance packs all the drama, magic and music of Mozart’s magical fairy tale into a perfect show for families, schools (Key Stage 2-4), and anyone wanting a shorter version of the opera. 

Set to some of the greatest music ever written, the dashing prince Tamino is on a quest to find love and happiness. With the bird-catcher Papageno at his side and armed with a magic flute, he must battle dangers, trials and an evil sorcerer to rescue the imprisoned Pamina. Yet, just when success seems within reach, the Queen of the Night has a final surprise in store…  


Supercharge your learning opportunities:

The free The Magic Flute wraparound learning pack is full of information and resources to use in the classroom.

Book onto the schools’ workshop for KS2 students*. The fun and engaging workshop will explore the music, plot and characters in Mozart’s opera, led by a vocal animateur and drama practitioner from Opera North’s Education team.

* Workshops are available in Newcastle, Nottingham and Salford and are charged for. If you are interested in hearing more please email

From £16* | 18 and under £10* | Schools £8* per student, free teacher ticket for every ten booked
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Newcastle Theatre Royal
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Running time
1 hour 45 minutes including one interval

Sung in English with English subtitles

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*Prices vary by venue. Booking fees may apply.


It is night time, and a young girl is swept away by the power of her imagination into a world where nothing is as it first appears…

Here she finds Tamino, a handsome prince who is also lost in this strange land, and is being pursued by a monstrous serpent. Three mysterious women appear, who are servants of the Queen of the Night, and slay the monster. Afterwards, they give Tamino a portrait of the Queen’s daughter, Pamina, and he falls instantly in love, vowing to rescue her from the evil Sarastro, Priest of the Sun, in whose faraway Temple she has been imprisoned. The three women give Tamino a magic flute to help in his quest and with the aid of a bird-catcher, Papageno, Tamino journeys to Sarastro’s temple and meets Pamina for the first time.

Despina persuades Fiordiligi and Dorabella to see the strangers once more. Admitting that there is an attraction, they speculate over which of the new men they would choose. Each unwittingly wants the other woman’s real-life love.

Guglielmo finds Dorabella surprisingly easy to win over. Fiordiligi has more willpower, but her attraction to Ferrando leaves her in an agony of guilt.

The two men compare notes. Guglielmo gloats, but Ferrando is sickened that he has been betrayed — deceived by Dorabella, and also rejected by Fiordiligi. Alfonso goads him into one last attempt, and this time Fiordiligi’s resolve crumbles. Guglielmo is appalled. Both he and Ferrando admit that Don Alfonso was right: così fan tutte – all women are the same.

The sisters are ready to marry their new lovers (with Despina disguised as a lawyer) when they hear the sound soldiers returning. Their panic turns to shock when they finally realise that the foreign strangers were Guglielmo and Ferrando all along! Don Alfonso has won his bet.

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Cast & creative

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Pasquale Orchard


Miranda Bevin

Queen of the Night

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Ellie Neate


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Osian Wyn Bowen


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Cameron Mitchell


Ross McInroy
Ross McInroy


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Andri Björn Róbertsson


Kathryn Stevens

First Lady

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Hannah Mason

Second Lady

Molly Barker

Third Lady

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Cameron Mitchell

First Armed Man

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Tim Ochala-Greenough

1st Priest

Simon Grange

Second Armed Man/2nd Priest

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David Cowan


Oliver Rundell

Adapted by

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Deborah Cohen

Adapted by

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Lauren Poulton

Revival Director

James Brining

Based on production by

Colin Richmond

Set and Costume Designer

Chris Davey

Lighting Designer

Douglas O’Connell

Video Designer

Jeremy Sams
Jeremy Sams


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