The Washington National Opera Presents:

The Magic Flute

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

“Seamless...perfectly pleasing” (DC Metro Theater Arts)
“Brings storybook flair—and familiarity—to WNO” (The Washington Post)
“A staging lavish in color and variety” (Washington Classical Review)


ColumbiaDC is delighted to partner with the Washington National Opera for WNO's second Alumni Night, Friday, November 22nd, featuring The Magic Flute at The John F. Kennedy Center.

Discounted Orchestra seats range from $39-$85 and include exclusive perks such as:

  • 6:30p private pre-performance talk with WNO experts in the African Lounge (Performance starts at 7:30p)
  • Champagne Intermission
  • Post-performance Champagne cast party with WNO artists and trustees in the Russian Lounge.

You can order tickets online, or by phone (202) 467-4600 or at the Box Office 

***Please make sure to use Columbia University’s offer code COLUMBIA to be added to the columbiaDC's contingent*** (tickets have been already discounted; using the code enables WNO to make name tags with college affiliations for guests, and add them to the lists for the private events.)


The Magic Flute
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

In English with Projected English Titles
Production from Portland Opera with Designs by Maurice Sendak

This great adventure starts with an unexpected pair: Tamino, a handsome young prince, and Papageno, his silly bird-catcher sidekick. When the mysterious Queen of the Night enlists the duo to rescue her kidnapped daughter Pamina, a fantastic journey follows. Armed with a magic flute and bells, they’re prepared for whatever trials they may face. However, not all is as it seems—and not everyone can be trusted.

Friends will become foes and enemies will become allies in Mozart’s final and beloved opera. A whimsical production designed by children’s author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, known for his rumpus-filled artistry, sets a playful landscape for this enchanting fairy tale. Rich with colorful characters, unforgettable vocal acrobatics, and evocative symbols and allegory, Tamino’s quest for love and truth is fantastical entertainment for all ages.

Performance Timing: Act I - 72 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act II - 94 min.


Eun Sun Kim*
Christopher Mattaliano
Scenery Design
Realized by Neil Peter Jampolis based on the original artwork of Maurice Sendak
Lighting Designer
Neil Peter Jampolis
Projection, Associate Lighting & Scenic Design
John Garofalo*

Note: Artists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program star in the Fri., Nov. 22 performance of The Magic Flute.

November 22, 2019 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm

The Opera House, at The Kennedy Center

2700 NW F St
Washington, DC 20566
United States

$39.00 USD

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