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A Night at the Opera

Follow the lead-up to opening night of Mozart's "The Magic Flute". Suitable for the whole family, this opera uses puppetry to bring Mozart's mythical tale to life. Explore backstage, and meet the people behind the performance to see how New Zealand Opera puts on a show.

The Magic Flute.

Watch the video to see how costumes are designed from scratch in a stage opera.

Ponder this 

Consider the following questions. You could talk about your ideas with your favourite people at home or online.

  1. What is the first step in creating a costume for a character in this opera? Who is involved during this stage?
  2. What are some of the challenges when creating costumes for opera singers?
  3. Have you ever been involved in a production where you had to wear a costume? Describe the costume, what worked well about it, and any improvements you might make.


Choose a character from a favourite stage or TV show and design a costume for them. You could even try making your costume and creating a short video.

Share your costume design drawings, photos, or videos. Ask an adult to post a picture or video of your costume on Instagram. Use the hashtags #learnztrips, #operacostume, or email a photo to LEARNZtrips. Tell us about your discoveries and experience. 

We’ll share some of your images on our Instagram space @learnztrips.

Want to know more?

Discover more about New Zealand Opera’s 2016 performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute". This fairy tale opera follows the hero, Prince Tamino, as he seeks to save his beloved Pamina from the clutches of her evil mother, Queen of Night.

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