Since its premiere in a tiny suburban theatre in Vienna, Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte has delighted audiences young and old for more than two hundred years. Mozart’s Singspiel seamlessly alternates seriousness and jollity, and combines philosophical ideas with a fairytale world of wondrous animals and magical musical instruments. Emanuel Schikaneder’s original production was theatrically inventive, and this new interpretation from the Dutch National Opera and multi-talented director Simon McBurney emulates that in fresh and current terms. You’ll be surprised to know that he is also a well-known film actor and if you’ve watched Rev you’ll have seen him playing the odious Archdeacon Robert.
Fusing music, technology and stagecraft, this exciting production gives Die Zauberflöte a refreshing new treatment that is both thrilling and simple in its approach. Following an overwhelming success on stage, McBurney’s unique 2014 production was immediately received five-star reviews in the Dutch press: ‘a feast for the eyes and the ears’ (Het Parool) and ‘Delicious!’ (Trout). Filmed in high definition and recorded in true surround sound.
“One of the most successful realisations ever seen” (Opera)
“…startling humour and theatrical wizardry” (The Guardian)
Tickets are just £10 including a marvellous afternoon tea from the Ryde Lions at the interval. This is sure to be a sell-out, so please book tickets early by calling Judith on 875738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note early start time of 2.30pm
Runtime: 3 hours 15 minutes including 30 minute interval for afternoon tea.
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sarastro: Brindley Sherratt
Tamino: Maximilian Schmitt
Papagena: Nina Lejderman
Queen of the Night: Iride Martinez
Pamina: Christina Landshamer
Papageno: Thomas Oliemans
Monostatos: Wolfgang Ablinger Sperrhacke
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Stage Director: Simon McBurney
Picture (c) ClÑrchen & Matthias Baus