Heritage Opera, Northwest England’s professional touring opera company, presents a delightfully playful version of Mozart’s mystery drama, The Magic Flute, in a production full of fantastic creatures, a singing Birdman, a Prince and Princess, a dark Queen, a wise Philosopher, magical musical instruments, a fierce dragon and even some helpful mermaids!
Set to sublime, timeless music, this performance, part pantomime, part opera, will have you rooting for Prince Tamino as he embarks on a noble quest, to rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter, Princess Pamina, from the clutches of Sarastro and his followers. Carrying his Magic Flute, and accompanied by Papageno the birdcatcher, Tamino searches a tropical island, until he arrives at Sarastro’s door. He is confronted with stark choices, and has to decide just who is telling the truth, and who has been lying to him all along. As the forces of Good and Evil line up against each other, he and Papageno must undergo three trials in order to defeat the dark, and win the hands of the girls they love.
A story about growing up, and facing life’s sometimes difficult choices, this beautiful comic masterpiece has been delighting children and adults alike for 225 years, with its combination of heart-warming comedy and true heroism.
The writers of The Magic Flute, WA Mozart and his librettist E. Schikaneder, relied heavily on several sources for their inspiration, but it has been widely acknowledged that The Tempest was a great influence on the story, and so this opera is the perfect compliment to the main production at Stafford Castle’s Shakespeare Festival this year.
Heritage Opera have been touring since 2006, and they are delighted to be making their first visit to Stafford Castle in 2017.