15 September 2017 at 4.30pm | 14 Comments
David McVicar's visual feast of a production will see audiences transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s memorable score, which features some of the most hummable tunes in all opera.
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The Magic Flute tells the story of Prince Tamino, who promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the evil enchanter Sarastro. Tamino begins his quest, but all is not as it seems as he and his sidekick Papageno undergo three trials.
The opera features some of Mozart's most memorable music, and even the composer's supposed rival Salieri (a conflict so memorably immortalized in the play and film Amadeus) was begrudgingly forced into conceding its genius.
One of its best-known tunes is the Queen of the Night's aria 'Der Hölle Rache' (Hell's Vengeance), a blockbuster battering ram of an aria which sees the character ordering her daughter to kill her rival Sarastro. More than 200 years after it was composed, it remains one of the most challenging pieces for any soprano.
David McVicar's production had its premiere at Covent Garden in 2003 and features spectacular backdrops, sumptuous period-influenced costumes and puppetry.
The staging is influenced by the opera's Masonic undertones, as well as the science-first philosophy of the Enlightenment era in which the composer lived. In the years since its premiere it has become a favourite of Royal Opera House audiences and a regular fixture in the repertory.
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