Monsters and magical flutes, princes and priests, bears and buffoons: a one-stop guide to help you tell friend from foe in the colourful world of The Magic Flute.
Tamino (pronounced tah-mee-no)
A young prince who sets out on an adventure to find and rescue his princess.
Queen of the Night
The Queen of the Night pretends to be on Tamino’s side at their first meeting, but we’ll soon find out she’s not as nice as she seems! Listen out when she sings: her songs have very, very high notes!
The Queen of the Night has three “ladies”, who are her attendants and do her bidding.
The funny guy
Papageno is a bird-catcher who sells his birds to the Queen of the Night. He’s a simple guy who just dreams of having a girlfriend!
Three boys are sent to guide Papageno and Tamino on their dangerous path.
Pamina is the daughter of the Queen of the Night. She’s one part damsel-in-distress, locked up in the house of Sarastro (we’ll meet him in a second) and awaiting rescue. She’s also very brave, standing up to her mother!
the bad guy
Monostatos is the mean and greedy servant of Sarastro. He’s not really loyal to anyone and goes after anything he wants!
The wise guy
The tall and imposing Sarastro is High Priest of the Sun. At the start of the opera, we think he’s the bad guy (but we might change our minds as the story goes on!)
The love interest
A cheerful simple girl who goes around disguised as an old woman, Papagena is looking forward to finding a man and settling down to have some little baby chicks.
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