The Magic Flute
Isango Ensemble from Cape Town, South Africa

From the townships of South Africa, Isango Ensemble bursts onto the stage in an inspired reimagining of Mozart's masterpiece opera THE MAGIC FLUTE: Impempe yomlingo. Sung in English by an ensemble of more than two dozen vibrant voices, classic arias are enlivened with exhilarating orchestrations of merry marimbas and powerful percussion. Winner of an Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (Young Vic, London) and a Globes de Cristal for Best Opera (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris), this fresh, fearless and fantastical production, co-produced by Eric Abraham and the Young Vic, brims with dazzling drama, crisp comedy and the sublime joy of finding true love.

"Soaring lyricism, a sense of celebration, generous moral urgency, playful joviality ... Leaves you with a rare sense of life-enhancing joy."
The Sunday Times
 "Exuberant and youthful ... a smash hit."The Sunday Telegraph "You come out feeling that Mozart's great work has not simply been appropriated by an African company, but totally reimagined." The Guardian

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation (logo)The Magic Flute is supported, in part, by a generous grant from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

Performance Facts

Performance Facts

2 hours including one intermission
Singers vary by performance. View Cast List & Schedule.

Read a synopsis and character map.
This show has TXT Marks the Spot events and Talk-Backs, as well as Sign-Interpreted and Audio-Described performances. See icons on the Calendar for dates.
Heads Up: Parental Considerations

Heads Up:
Parental Considerations

Mozart opera sung in English. Adaptation true to the original. Vibrant spectacle and music appeal to older audiences.

Ticket Info

Ticket Information

Membership discount tickets are LOCKED IN at $25, $18, $13 and $10 (depending on seat location). Full price tickets start at $15 (subject to change). New Victory Members are entitled to free exchanges.

Getting to Know Isango Ensemble


Isango Ensemble brings the life and heritage of South Africa to each stage and city they visit. Whether it's incorporating a mbira orchestra into a theatrical retelling of Aesop's Fables, setting A Christmas Carol in Cape Town or incorporating South African social commentary into a production of La Boheme, classic works find new life with Isango Ensemble's signature flair. Lauded for their vibrant storytelling, THE MAGIC FLUTE joins the company's repertoire of transformed favorites. We look forward to sharing this joyful take on Mozart's classic with you and your family.

Cast List & Schedule
(Subject to Change)

Saturday, 11/1 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, 11/2 at 5pm
Friday, 11/7 at 7pm
Saturday, 11/8 at 7pm
Sunday, 11/9 at 5pm
Sunday, 11/2 at 12pm
Saturday, 11/8 at 2pm
Sunday, 11/9 at 12pm
    (In Order of Appearance)
Mhlekazi (Wha Wha) Mosiea Sonwabo Ntshata
Nontsusa Louw
Siyanda Ncobo
Cikizwa Ndamase
Nontsusa Louw
Siyanda Ncobo
Cikizwa Ndamase
Pauline Malefane Siyasanga Mbuyazwe
Zamile Gantana Luvo Rasemeni
Zolina Ngejane Zolina Ngejane
Ayanda Eleki Ayanda Tikolo
Noluthando Boqwana
Zoleka Mpotsha
Busisiwe Ngejane
Noluthando Boqwana
Zoleka Mpotsha
Busisiwe Ngejane
Thobile Dyasi Sinethemba Mdena
Zebulon Mmusi Zebulon Mmusi
Sifiso Lupuzi
Tukela Pepeteka
Sifiso Lupuzi
Tukela Pepeteka
Siyasanga Mbuyazwe Nontsusa Louw
Zanele Mbatha, Masakane Sotayisi, Ayanda Tikolo, Sonwabo Ntshata, Siyasanga Mbuyazwe, Luvo Rasemeni, Sinethemba Mdena, Nontsusa Louw Zanele Mbatha, Masakane Sotayisi, Ayanda Eleki, Thobile Dyasi, Mhlekazi (Wha Wha) Mosiea, Pauline Malefane, Zamile Gantana


PLAY!   PLAY! For activities that open up the world of each production, check out the free online Family Activity (available right here in November) and head to the lower lobbies to exercise your imaginations in an interactive "Try This." Kick the engagement up another notch with free TXT Marks the Spot events at select shows.
Learn about our Family Engagement programs.
Carnegie Hall Ubuntu South Africa Festival  

Isango Ensemble's The Magic Flute is part of
Ubuntu Music and Arts of South Africa, Oct 8-Nov 5, 2014

Carnegie Hall celebrates the many threads that make up South Africa's vibrant musical culture.


All The Way From...

Cape Town, South Africa
...Cape Town, South Africa


The world's first heart transplant was performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town in 1967.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote The Magic Flute in 1791 when he was 35. It was the last opera he worked on in his lifetime.
According to Zulu legend, a goddess named "Marimba" placed wooden bars atop hanging gourds, creating the instrument we now call by her name.


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Located inside the New 42nd Street Studios building, The Duke on 42nd Street is home to New Victory programming that requires a more intimate space.


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November 2014

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
26 27 28 29 30 31 12 pmTxt Marks the Spot 7 pmAudio Described
212 pmTalk Back 5 pm 3 4 5 6 77 pmSign InterpretedTalk Back 82 pm 7 pm
912 pmTxt Marks the Spot 5 pm 10 11 12 13 14 15
Performance Available Performance  Tickets Not Available Online Sold Out/Past Performance
Audio Described Performance icon Audio-Described: Live audio description service provided
terpreted Performance icon Sign-Interpreted: For tickets, visit
Autism Friendly Performance icon Autism-Friendly: Performance adapted to be more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum
Talk-Back icon Talk-Back: Free post-show Q & A session with the creative team and performers
Arts Express icon Arts Express: Free pre-show interactive family activity with New Vic Teaching Artists
TXT Marks the Spot icon TXT Marks the Spot: Free post-show scavenger hunt using your text-enabled device
Questions icon Questions? Call Ticket Services at 646.223.3010.