Latest posts by Artsvark Presser (see all)
Let your imagination take flight with Mozart’s enchanting masterpiece, The Magic Flute.
Circus acrobats, vivid dream imagery, mythological winged creatures and futuristic robots … Cape Town Opera presents Mozart’s popular classic, The Magic Flute.
Following their well-received collaboration on Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda in 2015, Director Matthew Wild and Conductor Kamal Khan turn their attention to Mozart’s mysterious late masterpiece.
With elements of pantomime, comedy and circus, The Magic Flute provides ample opportunity for Wild’s signature audacious staging.
As young prince Tamino undertakes a quest to rescue the Princess Pamina, he learns hard truths about the real world: that evil can appear to be good; heartbreak and joy can be joined hand-in-hand and true love will be tested.
Like a fairy story, The Magic Flute can be enjoyed on many levels and there is much debate over what it is about. Wild says, “With its many strands of meaning, it’s very hard to tie down a central theme but the thread that I have followed is the transformative power of music over people’s hearts.”
The Magic Flute is replete with a colourful cast of contrasting characters such as the quixotic and endearing Papageno who is paired with the ardent, heroic and serious Tamino.
Accompanying The Magic Flute’s visual appeal are moments of musical magnificence. For example, The Queen of the Night, one of opera’s most famous characters, pushes the human voice to breaking point by climbing to the highest of high note when she sings the celebrated aria, Der Hölle Rache Kocht in Meinem Herzen (Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart).
The profound clarity of Mozart’s late writing is most affecting when performed by beautiful youthful voices. For this production, the best talents of UCT Opera School perform alongside CTO studio singers, including Noluvuyiso Mpofu who recently took second place, and the audience prize, in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. Noluvuyiso plays the role of Pamina, daughter of The Queen of the Night daughter and sings the haunting aria Ach, ich fühl’s.
The Magic Flute was conceived as popular entertainment and (like many of Shakespeare’s plays, for example) bounces unpredictably between scenes of deep pathos and broad humour. Wild says, “The Magic Flute comes to life most authentically when the gear changes are celebrated rather than disguised, something we are hoping to achieve in our shifting, dreamlike vision of the work.”
Don’t miss the magic:
Only five performances – Early booking advised. Booking at Computicket: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/the_magic_flute/987135617/0/69737986
Production: The Magic Flute
Venue: The Baxter Theatre
Dates: 27 September – 1 October