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The Magic Flute – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: W. A. Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder (t: Jeremy Sams) Conductor: Damian Iorio Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva It may have been played consistently for over 200 years, but very few times in its history has Mozart’s The Magic Flute seen its hero, Tamino, start proceedings by battling a giant lobster. Bristol’s Hippodrome provided the setting for Thursday’s performance, offering an intimate ...

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Opera North: The Magic Flute – The Lowry, Manchester

Writer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: James Brining Conductor: George Jackson Reviewer: Frances Scott The imaginative, operatic world of The Magic Fluteoriginally begins in the middle of a chase following the character Tamino as he is tailed through a forest by an oversized serpent. Here, director James Brining has opted to open the production at a dinner party where we watch an ...

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The Magic Flute – Leeds Grand

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder Director: James Brining Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood This popular two-act opera makes a return after ten years, albeit a new production where James Brining, Leeds Playhouse’s artistic director, makes his opera directing debut. The Magic Flute premiered in 1791, set to Emanuel Schikaneder’s libretto - loosely linked to fairy stories written at the time.  Unlike ...

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WNO: The Magic Flute – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Kris Hallett Dominic Cooke’sThe Magic Flutefor Welsh National Opera is already ten years old but, judging on its reception, will stay in the repertoire for years to come. Mozart’s 1791 piece is the definition of a populist hit; a masterwork by opera’s most popular composer; a meshing of styles ...

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Welsh National Opera: The Magic Flute – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Marina Spark Every opera should begin with a man being pursued by a giant shrimp. This opening sets the scene very well for one of Mozart's more bizarre operas, The Magic Flute. The opera is full of magic, misunderstanding and metaphor. The hero, Tamino, is chased by this monstrous ...

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WNO The Magic Flute – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder Director: Dominic Cooke Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Maggie Constable Mozart's famous Deutsch opera from Welsh National Opera, The Magic Flute, reveals itself surreally to us in Milton Keynes this week and tells a wonderfully enchanting and fantastic (in all senses of that word) tale which includes a rescuing prince, ...

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Welsh National Opera: The Magic Flute – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder English Translation: Jeremy Sams Director: Dominic Cooke Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Conductor:Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Jacqui Onions If you are new to opera then The Magic Flute is a great place to start. A light-hearted opera but with plenty of plot points to keep the watcher entertained. This production, by Welsh National Opera, is ...

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Carmen – Mayflower, Southampton

Music: Georges Bizet Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage The Welsh National Opera arrives at Southampton’s Mayflower with a trio of operas under the title “Liberty or Death” that includes Rossini’s William Tell and Moses in Egypt plus the 1997 production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen. It was the latter that was on show last night. Presented with ...

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