The Magic Flute Puppet Workshops

The Magic Flute Puppet Workshops

Studio 2, The Opera Centre, Surry Hills

Enhance the experience of seeing The Magic Flute with an inspiring puppetry workshop

Opera Australia is delighted to offer a fun, creative puppet-making workshop for children who are coming along to see our production of The Magic Flute.

This hands-on class will enhance the experience of seeing The Magic Flute. Available to anyone who has purchased a children’s priced ticket to The Magic Flute, workshop participants will be assisted by puppetry designers and makers from internationally renowned performance company, ERTH.

Using inspiration from Opera Australia's visually stunning, colourful production, children will be encouraged to explore puppetry techniques that director Julie Taymor used to create The Magic Flute.

Julie Taymor is a director, playwright, puppeteer and designer whose early childhood experiences with puppetry and masks have had a huge influence on her vast and successful career. She has created world-renowned operas, like The Magic Flute, and many stage productions including Disney’s The Lion King.

In each session, children will be grouped into similar age ranges (max 3 groups per session). Each group will explore a different form of story-telling with puppetry. Using supplied materials, participants will learn how to make their own fantastic puppets inspired by Flute characters. Imagination is key! 

Age range

Recommended for children aged 8 – 12. A wide range of skill levels can be accommodated.

Parental supervision

Parents do not need to purchase tickets. The workshops are designed as a children’s learning experience however an adult may accompany each child as an observer. There will be space set up at the back of the workshop area for parent observers to sit. 

More about ERTH

ERTH strive to provide audiences with eye popping visual experiences. They combine a truly fantastic aesthetic with performance, often creating site-specific productions using a menagerie of giant puppets, stilt-walkers, inflatable environments, aerial and flying creatures - ERTH is all these things and more. Founded in 1990 in Ballarat and now housed in Carriageworks, Sydney's newest contemproary arts centre, ERTH have been consistently creating art for the public domain since its inception and is today recognised as an innovator of physical and visual theatre both nationally and internationally. 

ERTH has a long history of engaging with the community at a grass roots level, and runs workshops for many arts and cultural organisations across Australia. 

The Magic Flute at the Sydney Opera House - special child and youth ticket price

Book now to take advantage of the special price of $49 for children 16 and under (for all reserves), for matinees:

Saturday 11 January, 1pm
Tuesday 21 January, 11am

Saturday 25 January, 1pm 
Sunday 16 March, 2pm 
Wednesday 26 March, 11am 

For all other performances there is a 50% discount off normal ticket prices for children 16 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 


Date and time

Sunday 19 January 2014
Workshop 1:  10 - 11.30am
Workshop 2:  12 - 1.30pm
Workshop 3:   2 - 3.30pm

Each session runs for 90 minutes.
Maximum of 30 children per workshop.

Bookings are essential

Please call our Box Office on (02) 9318 8200 to book. 


$20 per child. Available to anyone who has purchased a children’s priced ticket to The Magic Flute.  


Philip Bacon Studio, Level 2
The Opera Centre
480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills



Access to the Philip Bacon Studio is via the Elizabeth Street ground floor entrance of Opera Australia, and then up two flights of stairs. Please let us know if you have specific access needs when booking. 


There are lots of parking spaces in the surrounding streets (Elizabeth Street, Clisdell Street, Belvior Street, Dawson Street and Devonshire Street) which are untimed on a Sunday.

Public Transport

The Opera Centre is a short 5 minute walk from Central Station, and services almost all of the lines on the Sydney Trains network and a huge number of buses. Exit onto Elizabeth, Chalmers or Devonshire Street, and walk up the hill towards Cleveland Street. 


90 minutes approximately

This production of The Magic Flute is an enchanting experience for the whole family. We have created our Guide to The Magic Flute to introduce the story and colourful characters before you see the show, so parents and children know who and what to expect. You'll feel like you're meeting old friends as they appear on stage!

This is a world where animals dance and children fly, where princes battle dragons and hope battles despair. Julie Taymor, director of Disney’s The Lion King, has taken Mozart’s fairy tale and turned it into a show that, in the spirit of the original, speaks to the child in all of us. 


Part 1: Who's Who in The Magic Flute: A Character Guide (pdf)

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

Part 2: The Magic Flute: A bedtime story (pdf)

The tale of a magic flute, a handsome prince and his feathered friend who set out on an adventure to find and rescue a princess.

Part 3 - coming soon. 


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