Opera Minima presents The Magic Flute At Oakham Castle
Mozart’s “Magic Flute” was written in the true tradition of a Viennese popular pantomime with heroes and villains and even a Harlequin figure (the bird catcher Papageno).
Mozart just wanted to entertain his audience and he wrote it in German for the ordinary audiences, not for the royal court.
Therefore it was entirely appropriate that this performance was sung in English, with additional dialogue by Clio Burroughs and Director Susan Moore. It is a fun and magical fairytale and completely accessible to all.
Although Opera Minima has maximum talent they are minimal in number and ten singers covered all 15 parts.
The Three Ladies, Abigail Kelly, Sarah Champion and Kristin Finnigan also sang the Three Boys, using puppets, in an amusing interpretation.
All Opera Minima singers are also actors. We enjoyed the clown- like Papageno, (Matthew Kellert), with his almost reedy voice, but what a surprise when he sang! His powerful voice, especially from three feet away, vibrated through our bodies!
The “young lovers”, Tamino, ( Joe Morgan) and Pamina, (Donna Bateman), looked as gorgeous as they sounded. Sarastro (Timothy Dawkins ) had strength, presence and power and a voice to match.
As for the wonderful singing of the Queen of the Night! Her arias are the reason many love this opera, and Luci Briginshaw did not disappoint.
This opera was staged in the grand setting of Oakham Castle and “in the round”, so the sets were clever lighting and sound effects. Opera Minima gave us a delightful evening, full of fun.