First and foremost, English National Opera’s new production of The Magic Flute is an extra-ordinary theatrical event. Regular theatre goers might already have seen at least some of the technical devices employed here but the theatricality of the musical concept is likely to be unique to this production.
This was the first new ENO production of The Magic Flute for around 25 years, and replaced Nicholas Hytner’s much-loved, if rather traditio nal take. My review of the opening of McBurney’s version included “In contrast to the previous production, this Magic Flute is dark, mysterious and more than a little weird. A flood of ideas drenched the stage, aided by a commentator sitting in a box.
The Magic Flute, Coliseum, review: McBurney returns even more brilliant than before The pervasive references to Shakespeare’s Tempest are entirely justified by the way this drama plays out.
ENO’s new production of The Magic Flute feels like a surprisingly contemporary and immersive experience. Throwing a whole host of operatic conventions out of the window, here the performers.
Julia Bauer’s coloratura brings life to the manipulative Queen of the Night and Principal Guest at the BBC Philharmonic, conductor Ben Gernon makes his ENO debut. The Magic Flute tickets are now available, book your tickets now for the best seats at the best prices. Don't miss this incredible production or the rest of the ENO season.
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Whether crisis becomes catastrophe remains to be seen, but there couldn’t be a more emphatic portent of success, a better-timed metaphor, than this Magic Flute. Frankly a bit of a dud on its first outing back in 2013, it has been transformed by ENO’s new music director Mark Wigglesworth into something rich and deliciously strange.
Jayden Tejuso, Fabian Tindale Geere and Louis Lodder as the Three Spirits in The Magic Flute (ENO) How can a ho-hum show morph into something close to a five-star special? Essentially this is the same production of Mozart's Singspiel that opened two-and-a-bit years ago; but this time, believe me, it rocks.