An eclectic musical adventure journey. The destination is a mysterious, magical portal that only opens once every hundred years. But where is this enchanted entrance? What is certain is that it is one of the many secrets of the enormous building housing the Wiener Staatsoper, and one that has been sought in vain since the opera house opened in 1869. Yet it is supremely important! For it is only by passing through it that Belmonte, Constanze and their friends can finally escape to freedom. Happily, children seem to have a special talent for finding this very door – with a little luck precisely on the only day when it is open. And so, with the help of these young visitors, for once the search could be crowned with success.

Commissioned by the Wiener Staatsoper, experienced theatre-maker and founder of the “Lower Austrian Fairytale Summer” Nina Blum has designed a multi-station mobile opera for children aged six to twelve intended to inspire a passion for opera in these young visitors. The paths to be travelled are also part of the production; each participant is both spectator and actor and will enjoy their own unique experience of the journey. Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio forms the basis for this theatre experience lasting nearly one-and-a-half hours, with additional music written by Austrian composer Gerald Resch. Family performances at which children are accompanied by adults will be offered as well as school presentations.

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