ROH LIVE 2017/18: THE MAGIC FLUTE

Mozart’s glorious operaThe Magic Fluteis brought enchantingly to life inDavidMcVicar’s production with beautiful setsbyJohn Macfarlane.Prince Tamino promises the Queen of theNight that he will rescue her daughter Paminafrom the enchanter Sarastro. He begins hisquest, accompanied by the bird-catcherPapageno – but all is not as it seems…David McVicar’s classic productionembraces both the seriousness and comedyof Mozart’s work. The audience is transportedto a fantastical world of dancing animals,flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies.The setting provides a wonderful backdropfor Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from theQueen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks toTamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets andPapageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.As well as being a comedyThe MagicFluteis an expression of Mozart’s profoundspiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns withthe search for wisdom and virtue are at theheart of this enchanting tale.The Magic Flutewas an instant success with audiences andMozart’s supposed rival Salieri described itas an ‘operone’ – a great opera.