Scottish Opera: The Magic Flute
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Mozart's classic tale of the search for love, wisdom and truth is also a complex allegory about Freemasonry, or something, but you don't need to know that in order to enjoy some of the freshest, most exhilarating music ever composed. Nicky Spence sings Tamino, the questing hero, and Mari Moriya the virtuosic role of Queen of the Night. Ekhart Wycik conducts. Sung in English with English supertitles.
Following the huge success of The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, Sir Thomas Allen and Simon Higlett return to take on the fantastical charms of Mozart’s most inventive opera. Set in a spectacular visual world inspired by 'steam punk' Victoriana, this promises to be a stylish and imaginative telling of this much-loved piece.
Tamino is shown a painting of a beautiful young maiden and immediately falls in love. She is Pamina, the daughter of the mysterious Queen of the Night, who has been abducted by her mother’s arch enemy, Sarastro. Tamino sets out to rescue her with just a magic flute and Papageno, a bumbling bird-catcher looking for love, to help him. But as their quest progresses the men start to question the motives of those around them, and they soon realise that all is not quite as it seems …
A beguiling mix of comedy, fantasy and pantomime, The Magic Flute is also a profound story of the search for love, wisdom and truth. Mozart’s music effortlessly evokes the full gamut of emotions on stage – from heartfelt love songs and comic exchanges, to explosive coloratura in the infamous Queen of the Night arias. Scottish tenor Nicky Spence (Intermezzo 2011) sings Tamino, and internationally acclaimed soprano Mari Moriya is the Queen of the Night. Mozart and Magic Flute expert Ekhart Wycik conducts.
Sung in English with English supertitles
Supported by Dunard Fund and The Scottish Opera Syndicate
Conductors Ekhart Wycik
Derek Clark (1 & 3 Nov)
Director Sir Thomas Allen
Designer Simon Higlett
Movement Director Kally Lloyd-Jones
Lighting Mark Jonathan
Translation Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Tamino Nicky Spence
Pamina Laura Mitchell
Papageno Richard Burkhard
Papagena Ruth Jenkins
The Queen of the Night Mari Moriya
Suzanne Shakespeare (Oct 23 & Nov 20)
Monostatos Peter Van Hulle
Sarastro Jonathan Best
The Speaker Nicholas Lester
First Lady Claire Watkins
Second Lady Rachel Hynes
Third Lady Louise Collett
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Reviews & features
Scottish Opera: The Magic Flute - Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Fri 19 Oct 201213 Nov 2012
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