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“The Magic Flute” at ENO, London

A scene from the show
(Photo by Robbie Jack, Courtesy: ENO)

“The Magic Flute” will be on stage at ENO, London.

 

“Magical instruments. Serpents and sorcerers. Trials of character and courage. When you begin an enchanted journey to find love and wisdom, you have to expect delays on the way. Such is the charm of this Simon McBurney’s five-star production of “The Magic Flute.” One of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart’s timeless classic concerns the search for truth and reason, love and enlightenment,” the gallery writes.

The opera follows the adventures of Prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno on their quest to rescue Pamina. “To assist their mission, they are given musical instruments enhanced with magical powers, which they deploy to conquer the trials and tribulations placed in their path towards a deeper understanding of true love and happiness,” says the ENO website.

The cast includes Lucy Crowe as Pamina and Rupert Charlesworth singing Tamino, alongside Thomas Oliemans, as Papageno. They are joined by company favourite Brindley Sherratt as Sarastro and the sparkling coloratura of Julia Bauer as the manipulative Queen of Night. Conductor Ben Gernon, Principal Guest at the BBC Philharmonic, makes his ENO debut.

Act I opens, chased by a serpent. Prince Tamino finds himself in an unknown land. He faints and is saved by the Queen of Night’s three Ladies. Tamino is approached by the bird-catcher Papageno.

“The Ladies return to give Tamino, a portrait of the Queen of Night’s daughter Pamina, who has been kidnapped by the evil Sarastro. Tamino is instantly smitten and the Queen of Night arrives to secure his promise that he will do everything in his power to rescue Pamina from Sarastro’s stronghold. While the Prince is given a magic flute, Papageno gets a set of magic chimes as protection; the instruments have a way of charming both man and the beast. Additionally, three spirits, acting as guardians and advisors, will lead the way,” adds the website.

Sarastro’s slave Monostatos pursues Pamina but is frightened away by Papageno, who tells Pamina that he and Tamino have come to rescue her. Meanwhile, the three spirits have led Prince Tamino to Sarastro’s Temple. There he meets a priest who explains to him that it is the Queen of Night who is evil, not Sarastro. Find out what happens next!

The opera will be on stage from March 14, 2019 through April 11, 2019 at London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES.

For details, visit: https://www.eno.org/operas/the-magic-flute/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the opera