White Horse Opera announce their next main production will be “The Magic Flute,” opening in October at Lavington School.
Child prodigy Mozart wrote the singspiel (part-song-part-dialogue) Die Zauberflöte, or The Magic Flute to you and I! Launched in September 1791 at Schikaneder’s theatre in Vienna, he conducted the premiere despite feeling unwell, an illness which would take his life by the December.
Mozart’s great romantic opera drew from the magical spectacle of earthy comedy, popular in Vienna’s theatres. White Horse Opera assure it “will take you on an adventure.”
With comedic elements, the mien of The Magic Flute is Mozart’s philosophical divine principles. There’s a exploration of wisdom and virtue as the mainstay of this captivating anecdote.
Promising the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter, Pamina, from the enchanter Sarastro, the intrepid but naïve Prince Tamino initiates a quest, as, basically, he’s “got the hots for her!” Accompanied by a bird-catcher called Papageno, who the Prince believes would be happy with any pretty girl, not all will be as it at first seems.
The Prince and the bird-catcher have to deal with the majestic but unapproachable Queen of the Night, the mysterious Sarastro and his reclusive and dedicated followers, not to mention a lecherous henchman, three seductive ladies and three other-worldly boys. But are any of the characters they encounter really what they seem? Find out when White Horse Opera unlocks the bewildering world of this always fascinating fable.
It’s fully staged, sung in English with a full orchestra.
Performances 10th, 12th & 13th October at 7.30pm at Lavington School SN10 4EB
Tickets £15 for padded seats and £10 for unpadded available from Devizes Books 01380-725944 or http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whitehorseopera