Hilding Linnqvist The Magic Flute


On May 31, 1955 Hilding Linnqvist signed a contract for a new commission. The Royal Opera in Stockholm wanted to remake the scenery for the opera The Magic Flute, with costume and scenography designed by Hilding Linnqvist. Linnqvist had six months to prepare the material. The opening night on January 27, 1956 was a gala performance in tribute to Mozart who was born on the exact day, 200 years earlier. The new scenic design was a major success and the repertoire was played until 1962.

In Hilding Linnqvist’s The Magic Flute we find mountain landscapes from his visits to Egypt. The scenography and costumes have a mythical blend inspired by the Italian Etruscan, ancient Greek and Babylonian mythology.

The exhibition will run through April, 2015