Opera Australia’s new production of The Magic Flute had its final dress rehearsal today ahead of opening night this Friday 6 January. The Melbourne season commences on 21 April.

Julie Taymor’s costumes and puppets have been recreated by Opera Australia.


Andrew Brunsdon as Tamino


Nicole Car as Pamina


Andrew Jones as Papageno


Papageno finds his Papagena, Kiandra Howarth


Emma Pearson as Queen of the Night


David Parkin as Sarastro


Monostatos, Kanen Breen, lusts after the sleeping Pamina


The Three Ladies, Jane Parkin, Sian Pendry and Tania Ferris protect Tamino


A bird delivers Three Spirits


Monostatos has a very appropriate design for his shoulder pads


Papageno’s bells charm Monostatos’ cohorts


Tamino’s flute calms the bears


The Three Ladies advise Tamino and Papageno


The Queen of the Night sings her famous aria


Papageno rescues Tamina


These lions, forming a chariot for Sarastro were lucky to be on stage for 30 seconds!


The act one finale approaches


The act two finale


The full company of The Magic Flute


Photos: Simon Parris