07 Oct 2018 15:00 - 17:00
Battle Memorial Hall
The Magic Flute is one of Mozart’s most popular operas and has been directed and adapted for Opera Anywhere by Susan Moore and is performed in English.
Marrying Mozart’s beautiful music with a witty script the production celebrates the birth of teen culture in this tireless coming-of-age story by delving into the otherworldliness which glamorous Hollywood brought to post-Blitz London. After such austerity, Britain’s youth looked to the USA for new cultural influences in music, fashion and attitude. Young women were beginning to challenge the confines of their role in society and young men wanted to reinvent themselves as the new matinee stars like James Dean or Marlon Brando.
Set in 1950, Hollywood glamour is epitomised in this production by the Queen of the Night, who is modelled on the leading ladies of the period. By stark contrast Pamina is a meek and bookish London teenager and Papageno is a tweedy game-keeper, the latter representing the older working class holding on to a past way of life. Tamino is a young man, the personification of the American teenager, and a loner. He takes solace in stories, and as he reads voraciously, he is drawn into the fantasy kingdom ruled by Day and Night, The Queen of the Night and Sarastro.
TICKETS: Adult - £20, Under 18 - £5.
Opera Anywhere has been bringing approachable, informal and inspired performances, featuring some of today’s finest up and coming young singers, to audiences since 2000.