Magic Flute
Sat 01 Apr

Film, Musicopera film club presents The Magic Flute

Find out about opera with critic Michael Quinn

Portico is delighted to invite you to the first season of our Opera Film Club. In this Spring season, music critic Michael Quinn will introduce each screening with some brief comments about the composers, the operas and the productions – all from the world’s greatest opera houses. There will be an interval of 15 minutes when a complimentary glass of wine or tea/coffee will be served with the opportunity to discuss the film further. The evening will end in good time for those who wish to catch the last ferry to Strangford at 10.45pm.

The Magic Flute

Mozart’s iconic singspiel seamlessly alternates seriousness and jollity, and combines philosophical ideas with a fairytale world of wondrous animals and magical musical instruments. Recorded live at Amsterdam’s Dutch National Opera in 2014, this inventive, hugely entertaining interpretation of Mozart’s perennial favourite is directed by Simon McBurney in a co-production with English National Opera. In Dutch with English subtitles. Duration: 156 minutes.

Designer Michael Levine offers an empty box which he fills with magic tricks, aided and abetted by the contemporary costumes of Nicky Gillibrand, Jean Kalman’s beautiful and theatrical lighting, and marvellous film-work by Finn Ross.… The production team has surely devised one of the most successful realizations of the problematic fire and water trials ever seen.… The vocal stars were Thomas Oliemans’ wonderfully engaging Papageno and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke’s spiteful Monostatos.


Amid the darkness in this rich, inventive production there were, too, moments of startling humour and theatrical wizardry.

The Guardian

Michael Quinn

Michael Quinn is a widely published music and theatre critic who lives locally. He has written extensively for many leading journals including Opera, Opera Now, Gramophone and BBC Music. A regular contributor to BBC Northern Ireland’s Sounds Classical, he has written more than 400 programme notes for the likes of the BBC Proms, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Kirov Opera, Castleward Opera and Melba Recordings.

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Event Details

Sat 01 Apr
07:15 to 10:30

£10 per show or £20 for all three.


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