A modern re-imagining of Mozart's The Magic Flute is coming to the Theatre Royal Winchester in February. Presented by OperaUpClose, The Magic Flute is in town for just one show on Thursday February 22nd at 7:30pm. Leave your pre-conceptions at the door, and be prepared to enjoy a different kind of opera.
In Mozart's original opera, Prince Tamino is tasked to rescue the Queen of the Night's daughter, Pamina, who is held captive by the high priest Sarastro. Instead of a successful rescue, Tamino is wooed by Sarastro and his community, and decides to endure various trials to lead him to enlightenment. OperaUpClose offer a fresh take in the same way they have reimagined other classic operas like La Bohème and Carmen.
In this new interpretation Tamino and Pamina are an ordinary couple who have spent the evening fighting after Tamino abandons his girlfriend when he is offered an invitation to an exclusive club. Through their dreams they relive the extraordinary events of the evening. Librettist Glyn Maxwell has a fresh take on the Magic Flute's poetry, while Alex Beetschen handles the orchestration and Valentina Ceschi pulls everything together.
OperaUpClose aim to present opera in a new way that makes it enjoyable and accessible for all. The Olivier Award-winning opera company re-imagine classic operas and also perform original new operas. Presented in English, rather than Italian, and featuring modern themes that could be ripped from news headlines or social media streams, this isn't the opera you're used to.
Tickets to the Magic Flute are £26, with discounts available for friends of the Theatre Royal Winchester (£22), concessions (£18), and schools and groups (£14). Tickets can be purchased online from the Theatre Royal Winchester website or by calling the box office on 01962 840 440.
The Theatre Royal Winchester is located on Jewry Street in Winchester, approximately 13 miles from the Southampton City Centre. For more of their current programme visit the Theatre Royal Winchester website.