Gareth Hancock conductor Andrew Sinclair director Laura Jane Stanfield designer
Mozart Die Zauberflöte, K 620
Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte is the greatest example of Singspiel (a play with songs), but his rival Salieri called it an operone (a great opera) when it was premiered in Vienna in 1791. The libretto is by Emanuel Schikaneder, a successful actor and theatre manager, who also played the role of Papageno in the original cast.
Schikaneder and Mozart were members of the same Masonic lodge, and the strong Masonic elements and misogynistic undercurrent pose interesting challenges for directors in today’s sexual-political climate. However, the overriding themes of the opera are good versus evil, the search for wisdom and the power of reason. The sublime range of musical ideas and inventiveness has led to the work becoming one of the most performed in the operatic repertoire.
Sung in German.
Pamina Camilla Harris (13, 15 November) / Aimée Fisk (14, 16 November) Tamino Peter Harris / Maxwell Levy Sarastro Ossian Huskinson / Connor Baiano Papageno James Geidt / Dan D'Souza The Queen of the Night Camilla Saba Davies Speaker Niall Anderson First Lady Clare Tunney / Hazel Neighbour Second Lady Giulia Laudano / Annie Riley Third Lady Silja Brynjarsdottir / tbc Monostatos Ryan Williams / Aaron Godfrey-Mayes First Armed Man/Second Priest Robert Forrest Second Armed Man/First Priest Andrew Johnson Papagena Samantha Quillish / Grace Wyatt Three Boys Rachel Ridout, Alexandra Beason, Lucy Thalange