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Komische Oper Berlin | Barrie Kosky | 1927

Mozart's The Magic Flute

Gloriously inventive animation and live action meet the stunning music of Mozart in the enchanted world of The Magic Flute.
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‘A tour de force … The visual ingenuity stunned and delighted … unforgettable.’

- The Guardian


Presented in association with West Australian Opera & West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Mozart’s master comedy opera is richly reimagined in a boundary-busting production created by internationally-renowned opera director Barrie Kosky and British theatre group 1927.

Blending animated film and live action in a gloriously ingenious kaleidoscope of 1920s silent movies, Weimar cabaret, dark humour and German expressionism, this visual fantasia is made for film buffs and art lovers, as well as fans of fine opera. 

Kosky’s Komische Oper Berlin comes to Australia for the first time, accompanied here by West Australian Symphony Orchestra and 1927’s magical projected animations. Immense three-storey spiders, flappers and demons, butterflies and wolves – this wildly inventive The Magic Flute is like no other.

With its captivating and innovative staging, where film animation interacts with live singers, this production has thrilled audiences around the world. Now Australian audiences have the chance to see this most popular of operas performed as never before.

Images:  Iko Freese /

Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia.

With thanks to our Donors
Mark Clapham and Dr Andrew Mulcahy
Dr Sandy and David Heldsinger
Fred and Georgina Nagle
Michael and Helen Tuite
Kathryn Hogan and Graham Droppert

The detail


Tickets from $36 - $500 + BF

Platinum Platinum $500

Premium Adult $296 / Friend $266

A Reserve Adult $236 / Concession $224 / Friend $212

B Reserve Adult $175 / Concession $166 / Friend $157 / Student $55

C Reserve Adult $115

Tix for $36

His Majesty’s Theatre


20 Feb - 23 Feb 2019

Wed 20 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM

Thu 21 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM

Fri 22 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM

Sat 23 Feb 2019, 1.30 PM

Sat 23 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM



  • 50% Visual Content 50% Visual Content
  • Assistive Listening Assistive Listening
  • Wheelchair access Wheelchair access

additional information


Platinum Package

A limited number of Platinum Packages are available. For $500 get the best seats in the house on Opening Night PLUS interval drinks and access to the exclusive opening night VIP function with Company artists.


Please Note

Duration: 2hrs 40mins including interval
Latecomers not admitted

Performed in German with English subtitles

Warning: Contains theatrical smoke.


Production Credits

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto Emanuel Schikaneder
Directed by Suzanne Andrade & Barrie Kosky
Musical Direction Jordan de Souza & Hendrik Vestmann
Staging Suzanne Andrade & Barrie Kosky
Animation Paul Barritt (1927)
Conceived by Suzanne Andrade & Paul Barritt (1927) & Barrie Kosky

Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia.


About the Artists

Barrie Kosky & Komische Oper Berlin
Barrie Kosky has been director and chief executive of the Komische Oper Berlin since the 2012/13 season. At the end of his first season, the Komische Oper Berlin was voted Opera House of the Year in the Opernwelt magazine’s critics’ poll. In 2016, he was named Director of the Year in the same poll. In 2014, he received the International Opera Award for Director of the Year, and in the following year, the Komische Oper Berlin was honored with the International Opera Award in the Ensemble of the Year category. 
Among his recent works at the Komische Oper Berlin include The Magic Flute (together with 1927), whose performances have since been visited by more than 350,000 viewers worldwide on three continents, The Monteverdi Trilogy, Ball in the Savoy, West Side Story, Moses and Aron, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Yevgeny Onegin, The Pearls of Cleopatra, The Fair of Sorotschinzi and his production of Castor et Pollux (co-production with the English National Opera) , which was honored in 2012 with the Laurence Olivier Award for best new opera production. 

Barrie Kosky was Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival in Australia in 1996 and has starred at Opera Australia, the Sydney Theater Company, the Melbourne Theater Company and at international festivals in Sydney and Melbourne. From 2001 to 2005 he was co-director of the Schauspielhaus Wien. 

London- based performance company 1927 specialises in combining performance and live music with animation and film to create magical filmic theatre. Celebrated at home and overseas, 1927 was founded in 2005 by writer, performer and director Suzanne Andrade with animator and iillustrator Paul Barritt. In 2006 performer and costume designer Esme Appleton and performer, composer and musician Lillian Henley joined, and in 2007 producer Jo Crowley began collaborating with the company. All four creative members of 1927 come from different artistic backgrounds and it is the collaboration between these artists and the complete integration of artistic disciplines that has paved the way for 1927 to create its unique, innovative and highly original work.


Post Show Q&A

Thursday 21 February
On stage at 10.15pm following the 7.30pm performance.


Hayllar Music Tours

Perth Festival & Margaret River Tour
20–27 February 2019 (8 days)

Immerse yourself in the Perth Festival with premium seats to five performances over three days, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute created by internationally-renowned opera director Barrie Kosky and British theatre group 1927. Enjoy a day trip to New Norcia, Australia’s only monastic town, and spend three relaxing days exploring the beautiful Margaret River and the South West region, complete with fine culinary experiences and stunning scenery.

To book and for more information go HERE. 



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