The Magic Flute – English Touring Opera

The Magic Flute – Review

Mozart’s timeless masterpiece- The Magic Flute- was beautifully performed by the English Touring Opera on Friday night at Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre.

Wolfgang’s tale of a young Prince and Princess’ journey through a dream like fantasy in search of love and happiness is a wonderfully accessible opera, enjoyable for the uninitiated as well as your seasoned culture vulture.

As I was enveloped in the magic of the opera, Schikaneder’s libretto seemed a little simple; boy wakes up in strange place, falls in love with girl from picture and vows to save her from evil forces with help of trusty sidekick and magic flute. Along the way he finds Queen who helped him is evil, and man who he must vanquish is good. However, there’s so much more to the Magic Flute; it has heart, it has laughs, it has fantastic costumes some of Mozart’s finest musical arrangements – which were played magnificently by the orchestra.

Wyn Pencarreg’s delightfully whimsical rendition of Papageno was intoxicatingly joyous – whilst Andrew Slater’s powerful bass portrayal of Sarastro and Samantha Hay’s incredible performance of the infamous ‘Der Holle Rache’, or the ‘vengeance aria’ were utterly sublime. A wonderful performance – and a wonderful night.

Teela Clayton.

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