The Magic Flutehas always been a crowdpleaser, but audience demand has been so great that a fifth performance of Mozart’s singspiel has been added to next year’s Adelaide Festival. Much of the interest can be attributed to the production, which is from Australian Barrie Kosky and the London-based performance company, 1927. Fusing live opera with stunning, animated tableaux, it premiered at Berlin’s Komische Oper in 2012 (where Kosky is Artistic Director), and has since been seen all around the world to great acclaim.

The centrepiece of the 2019 Festival, interstate opera-goers account for more than 30 percent of the sales to date. Compared to the first two weeks of sales for previous operas featured in the Festival, ticket sales for  The Magic Flutehave exceeded 2017’s Saul (also directed by Kosky) by 38 percent and 2018’s Hamletby 63 percent. The spectacular production is already selling faster than Saul(also directed by Kosky), which sold out after its four performances only 13 weeks after it went on sale.

“Wow! We knew Australian audiences would be excited about The Magic Flute’s inclusion in the 2019 Adelaide Festival and the chance to see this landmark work, but we did not expect to be announcing a...

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