Presented by OperaUpClose

This event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Due to changes in personnel within OperaUpClose, vital information was not provided to Gulbenkian in sufficient time, in order for us to be able to manage the logistics of the production. We offered a compromise, but sadly this is unable to be met.  We will not be rescheduling this show in the foreseeable future and will not be replacing it with another performance from OperaUpClose on 9th March.  If you have purchased tickets you will be contacted by a member of our team shortly, but should you wish to contact the team directly please call 01227 769075.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Following their hugely popular and critically-acclaimed English language re-imaginings of operas including La Bohème and Carmen, Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose take on Mozart’s classic.

Invited behind the velvet rope at London’s most exclusive club, Tamino doesn’t have time to stop for beggars, paparazzi, or even his girlfriend Pamina. Going to bed after a blazing row later that night, this ordinary couple relive the events and encounters of the evening in dreams made extraordinary by the lateness of the hour, their befuddled senses, and yes, a touch of magic.

This production will re-invent The Magic Flute in fabulous new robes for the era of Trump and recessions, casting rays of light and love into the darkness through Glyn Maxwell’s mischievous poetry, Alex Beetschen’s lively orchestration and Valentina Ceschi’s theatrical creativity.

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