The Magic Flute

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January 1970




La Flûte enchantée en dessin animé by operadeparis

We will never know how the presentiment of death came to Mozart, or in what form death sent its messengers. However, all the music composed in 1791, the last year of his life, leads us to believe that Mozart had heard the message and accepted it. Nurtured on the philosophy of the Enlightenment, The Magic Flute is a parable on the great themes that animated the 18th century: nature and nurture, education and morality, truth and religion. It expresses its convictions with deliberate naivety, exploring with moving simplicity the choices that all human beings must make. A mixture of fairy tale, populist comedy, philosophic fable, religious mystery and Masonic opera, it is to this ‘chaos’ that The Magic Flute owes its miraculous limpidity. It shows us pain and provides the healing balm; light triumphs over darkness illuminating the pathway to both love and brotherhood that must be followed by those who would be worthy of humanity.

Program and cast

The Package includes Dinner, a Cocktail, and a Program.

Paris Opera - Opéra Bastille

Opéra Bastille
A great modern theatre
The Opéra Bastille is the work of the Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, who was chosen in November 1983 after an international competition that attracted entries from some 1,700 architects. The theatre was inaugurated on July 13th 1989.
Its architecture is marked by transparent façades and by the use of identical materials for both the interiors and the exteriors.
With its 2,700 acoustically consistent seats, its unique stage facilities, its integrated scenery, costume and accessory workshops, as well as its numerous work areas and rehearsal rooms, the Opera Bastille is a great modern theatre.
Stage facilities

Orchestra pit, mobile and adjustable, can be covered; at its largest it can house 130 musicians
Main stage, 45 m high, 30 m wide, 25 m deep, made up of 9 elevators allowing several levels to be created and supported by three main elevators, which bring scenery up from below stage
Clearing zones, 4 storage areas with the same dimensions as the stage
Backstage area, with its scenery turntable
Circulation area, scenery temporarily stored between the stage, workshops and rehearsal stage
Rehearsal stage, the Salle Gounod, with its orchestra pit and dimensions identical to those of the main stage


The building

Area at ground level: 22,000 m²
Floor area: 160,000 m²
Total height: 80 m (including 30 m below street level)


The auditoriums
The main auditorium

Area: 1,200 m², 5% of the total for the building
Dimensions: 20 m high, 32 m deep, 40 m wide
Number of seats: 2,703
Materials: blue granite from Lannelin in Brittany, pearwood from China, glass ceiling


The amphitheatre

Area: 700 m²
Depth : 21.4 m
Number of seats : 450
Materials: white breccia marble from Verona, staff ceiling


The Studio

Area: 280 m²
Depth: 19,5 m
Number of seats: 237
Materials: white breccia marble from Verona and pearwood


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