Sir Thomas Allen’s production of ‘The Magic Flute’ returns to Scottish Opera this May!

Sir Thomas Allen’s acclaimed 2012 production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s much loved opera, The Magic Flute, set in a spectacular world inspired by the Victorian futurism of HG Wells and Jules Verne, will return to Scottish Opera this May.

The revival will run at Theatre Royal Glasgow from 4 to 18 May 2019, before touring to Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, London and Belfast.

With set and costume design by Simon Higlett, this production of Mozart’s most inventive opera takes inspiration from the city of Glasgow at the height of its industrial powers, drawing on the aesthetics and ideas of the Enlightenment, particularly the work of the Hunter family and the huge scientific collections of The Hunterian Museum.

Conductor Tobias Ringborg will be joined by Peter Gijsbertsen as Tamino, Gemma Summerfield as Pamina, Richard Burkhard as Papageno (the role he created in the original production in 2012), Julia Sitkovetsky as Queen of the Night, James Creswell as Sarastro, and Adrian Thompson as Monostatos. Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Sofia Troncoso will sing the role of Papagena.

Sir Thomas Allen said:

“Our production of The Magic Flute, first created in 2012, makes its return to the stage and to theatres around Scotland. I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the rehearsal period and to the performances that follow. There are many changes from our original cast, but one welcome return will be that of Richard Burkhard in the role of Papageno. He brought to the part a really brilliant personal way of playing, just as one would hope for Papageno, and our collaboration was, apart from all else, a lot of fun. As for what you will see, well, if you are familiar with Glasgow and the richness of its constituent parts, then you will recognise all of the references in this show. It is a tribute by designer Simon Higlett and myself to a great Scottish city.”

There will be two Dementia Friendly performances of The Magic Flute in Glasgow and Edinburgh. These specially abridged performances are carefully designed to make the theatrical experience more accessible to people living with dementia. Sound and lighting levels are adjusted for the comfort of the audience, and the cast is joined on stage by a narrator. Audiences will also be able to go in and out of the auditorium during the performance and see the show in the foyer areas on TV screens.

 Audience members with visual impairments can enjoy the full opera experience at audio-described performances, which have a live commentary describing the action on stage without compromising the music.

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