The Magic Flute
Tickets for The Magic Flute at The LowryDirector: James Brining (West Yorkshire Playhouse Artist Director)
Mozart’s ever-popular final opera is a sprawling, epic fairy-tale. Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems…
Tamino and Papageno discover Sarastro is a wise and kind leader. They undergo three ordeals. By the end they are united with their true loves: Tamino with Pamina, and Papageno with his Papagena.
Premiering just months before Mozart’s death, The Magic Flute draws on the magical spectacle and earthy comedy of popular Viennese theatre at the time but is also an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs. It was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.
Mozart’s score is kaleidoscopic, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.
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