The lauded production by Simon McBurney in partnership with Complicité

A children's tale for some, a profound meditation on life and death for others, Mozart's last opera is unquestionably a landmark achievement in which he expressed his deep spiritual beliefs. In it the chief concerns of the Enlightenment and the entire 18th century converge: education, morality, religion, culture, nature, and many more. 

This much lauded production by Simon McBurney was made in partnership with the cutting-edge theatrical company Complicité. It tells the fantastical story of Prince Tamino's search for his beloved Pamina amid the conflict between two opposing powers: Sarastro (representing light and truth) and the Queen of Night (darkness and deceit). 

The opera was an instant success from the day of the premiere. At the heart of the enchanting tale lies a lost paradise of wisdom and knowledge which highlights the need to strike a new balance founded on universal values and virtues. McBurney recreates the fable skilfully and boldly, placing the singers in a mysterious, magical world peopled by actors. The live sound effects, the animation, the on-the-spot drawing and the orchestra which plays from the stage make this a unique interpretation, a present-day journey through the original pantomime atmosphere to capture the intrinsically popular spirit of the work. 

In this, his eagerly awaited first performance of Die Zauberflöte, Gustavo Dudamel will offer us a chance to explore the infinite details of the colossal, kaleidoscopic score, making each performance a historic event. 

PARADISE: wisdom, knowledge and values 

With the collaboration of:

Die Zauberflöte

Singspiel in two acts. Libretto by Emmanuel Schikaneder. 

World premiere: 30/09/1791 at the Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna.
Barcelona premiere: 15/01/1925 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Last Liceu performance: 28/04/2012.
Total number of Liceu performances: 75.

  • Approximate running time 2h 50m

Artistic profile

Stage director
Simon McBurney
Josie Daxter
Set design
Michael Levine
Custome design
Nicky Gillibrand
Josie Daxter
Jean Kalman
Finn Ross
Dutch National Opera
Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Conxita Garcia, director)
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Gustavo Dudamel


SarastroStephen Milling20th,22th,26th,27th June and 1th July
John Relyea21th,25th,28th,30th June and 2th July
TaminoJavier Camarena20th,22th,26th,27th June and 1th July
Julien Behr21th,25th,28th,30th June and 2th July
SpeakerMatthias Goerne
Priest / Men in armour 1Albert Casals
Priest / Men in armour 2David Lagares
The Queen of the NightKathryn Lewek20th,22th,26th,27th June and 1th July
Sara Blanch21th,25th,28th,30th June and 2th July
PaminaLucy Crowe20th,22th,26th,27th June and 1th July
Núria Rial21th,25th,28th,30th June and 2th July
First LadyBerna Perles
Second LadyGemma Coma-Alabert
Third LadyMarta Infante
PapagenaSerena Sáenz
PapagenoThomas Oliemans20th,22th,26th,27th June and 1th July
Joan Martín-Royo21th,25th,28th,30th June and 2th July
MonostatosRoger Padullés

June 2022

20Monday19:00Turn H
21Tuesday19:00Turn A
22Wednesday19:00Turn B
25Saturday19:00Turn C
26Sunday17:00Turn T
27Monday19:00Turn G
30Thursday19:00Turn P (PA)

July 2022

1Friday19:00Turn EAD
2Saturday18:00Turn F