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.
Film, Musicopera film club presents The Magic Flute
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The Magic Flute
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.Opera
Amid the darkness in this rich, inventive production there were, too, moments of startling humour and theatrical wizardry.The Guardian
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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