Edited by Tiziano T. Dossena —
30 December 2015– 16 January 2016 –
Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sidney –
Presented by: Opera Australia –
Princes and magic and bears, oh my!
If you go down to the woods today, you might find a pure-hearted prince and his feathered sidekick en route to rescue a damsel in distress, a queen atop her starry throne; mysterious temples, dancing bears and a levitating picnic. If in danger, just follow the sound of the flute.
In today’s technology-soaked world, it’s rare that anything off-screen entrances a child for more than a few minutes. But look around at a performance of Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute, and you’ll see children captivated. Utterly still, utterly silent (this is, when they’re not chortling with laughter or gasping with surprise). That’s because The Magic Flute is like nothing they’ve ever seen before. The stage is alive with colour and movement, the music is enchanting, the movement is magical.
From Monostatos’ grotesque nose to the Queen of the Night’s shimmering wings, everyone and everything that appears on stage is larger than life.
As in a Pixar film, this production brilliantly balances visual stimulation with amusing dialogue in a charming English translation. The result is a pantomime of brilliant color, set to Mozart’s timeless music.
Perhaps all you need to fire a child’s imagination is a little old-fashioned theatrical magic.
|Conductor||Rory Macdonald (until 12 Jan)|
|Original direction by||Julie Taymor|
|Set designer||George Tsypin|
|Costume designer||Julie Taymor|
|Puppetry designers||Julie Taymor|
|& Michael Curry|
|Lighting designer||Gary Marder|
|Original lighting design||Donald Holder|
|Original choreography||Mark Dendy|
|Translation by||JD McClatchy|
|Queen of the night||Hannah Dahlenburg|
|1st lady||Jane Ede|
|2nd lady||Sian Pendry|
|3rd lady||Anna Yun|
|Monostatos||Kanen Breen (until 7 January)|
|1st priest||Malcolm Ede|
|2nd priest||Jonathan McCauley|
|1st armoured man||Dean Bassett|
|2nd armoured man||Clifford Plumpton|
Performed in English with surtitles.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours including one 20 minute interval
Wed 30 Dec 15 7:30pm
Sat 02 Jan 16 1:00pm
Thu 07 Jan 16 11:00am
Thu 07 Jan 16 7:30pm
Sat 09 Jan 16 1:00pm
Sat 09 Jan 16 7:30pm
Tue 12 Jan 16 7:30pm
Thu 14 Jan 16 7:30pm
Sat 16 Jan 16 1:00pm