Barrie Kosky’s hugely successful production of The Magic Flute for Berlin’s Komische Oper, co-directed with Suzanne Andrade from British performance group 1927, is coming to Australia in 2019 as a highlight of both the Perth and Adelaide Festivals it was announced today.

Kosky’s production of Handel’s oratorio Saul , first produced by Glyndebourne Festival, was the centrepiece of the Adelaide Festival’s 2017 season. The Magic Flute promises to be another exhilarating crowd-pleaser – and this time one that is very family-friendly, with Kosky recommending it as suitable for children from age seven.

Magic Flute, Barrie Kosky, Perth Festival, Adelaide Festival The Magic Flute. All p hotographs © Iko Freese/drama-berlin.de

The production, which uses glorious hand-made animation by 1927’s Paul Barritt, premiered in 2012 at the Komische Oper, where Kosky is Artistic Director. It has since played to over half a million people in 22 cities across Europe, America and Asia. Fusing live opera with stunning animated tableaux, it has the look and feel of a silent movie, with the dialogue shown on screen.

It took Kosky a long time to decide to direct The Magic Flute, an opera he was never really keen on, having been bored...

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