Peter Brook
A Magic Flute

Tuesday, July 5 at 8:00*
Wednesday, July 6 at 8:00†
Thursday, July 7 at 8:00
Friday, July 8 at 8:00
Saturday, July 9 at 2:00
Saturday, July 9 at 8:00
Sunday, July 10 at 2:00
Sunday, July 10 at 8:00
Tuesday, July 12 at 8:00
Wednesday, July 13 at 8:00
Thursday, July 14 at 8:00
Friday, July 15 at 8:00
Saturday, July 16 at 2:00
Saturday, July 16 at 8:00
Sunday, July 17 at 2:00
Sunday, July 17 at 8:00

Director Peter Brook
Composer W.A. Mozart
Freely adapted by Peter Brook, Franck Krawczyk, and Marie-Hélène Estienne
Lighting design Philippe Vialatte
Singers (alternating casts) Dima Bawab, Malia Bendi-Merad, Leila Benhamza, Luc Bertin-Hugault, Patrick Bolleire, Jean-Christophe Born, Raphaël Brémard, Thomas Dolié, Antonio Figueroa, Virgile Frannais, Betsabée Haas, Matthew Morris, Agnieszka Sławińska, Adrian Strooper, Jeanne Zaepffel
Actors William Nadylam, Abdou Ouologuem

U.S. Premiere

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

“Emotions pared down and laid bare in a picaresque odyssey.”
Financial Times

Almost 30 years after his La Tragédie de Carmen riveted audiences at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, director Peter Brook returns to Lincoln Center with a vivacious new interpretation of Die Zauberflöte. This intimate adaptation strips the work's usual ornamentation to reveal the impish, effervescent heart of Mozart's masterpiece.

The gorgeously simple staging features just a single piano and seven highly talented young singers who, under Brook’s subtle directing, fill Mozart’s score with new humanity and color. First delicate and tender, then quirky and playful, the opera unfolds before your eyes with an immediacy and freshness that have been seen only too rarely before.

A Magic Flute is Peter Brook’s final creation as the artistic director of Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, where in 1974 he founded C.I.C.T., his perennially innovative theatrical production company. Brook was an early and influential member of the Royal Shakespeare Company whose minimalist aesthetic long ago redefined the rules of theater, opera, and film.

Performed in German and French with English supertitles

Coproduced by C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord; Lincoln Center Festival; Barbican, London; Festival d'Automne à Paris; Attiki Cultural Society, Athens; Musikfest, Bremen; Théâtre de Caen; MC2, Grenoble; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; and Piccolo Teatro di Milano—Teatro d'Europa.

Executive Producer: C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Made possible in part by generous support from Jennie and Richard DeScherer, The Grand Marnier Foundation and Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust.

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† Opening Night