Irish National Opera Presents The Magic Flute at Gaiety Theatre Dublin

Posted May 7, 2019 in Arts & Culture Features

One of the world’s most loved operas Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be on in Gaiety Theatre Dublin from Tuesday 21– Saturday 25 May.  It’s not hard to understand why the opera is so popular as The Magic Flute truly has something for everybody. Mozart’s glorious score is full of musical inventiveness, dramatic fun, lovable characters and memorable tunes.

The Magic Flute features a roll-call of leading Irish talent, including sopranos Anna Devin,  Jennifer Davis and Kim Sheehan and baritone Gavan Ring. They are joined by acclaimed international colleagues, Grammy Award-Winning Audrey Luna, (who is believed to have sung the highest note ever in Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel at the Metropolitan Opera, New York), Nick Pritchard, Tyler Nelson, and Lukas Jakobski.

Conductor Peter Whelan describes how The Magic Flute is “an extraordinary synthesis of all the musical styles of Mozart’s day, from popular tunes he’d have heard on the street, to Italian opera and sacred music. Mozart ingeniously moulds these seemingly incongruous influences together to create a glorious unity in diversity.”

Mysterious and evocative, this profound but light-hearted tale continues to captivate audiences of all ages with its mythological setting, intrigues and initiation rituals. From the stratospheric arias of the Queen of the Night, to the glorious melodies of Papageno,  The Magic Flute score ripples with irresistible charm, reflecting Mozart’s dramatic genius and enthusiasm for life.

INO’s Artistic Director Fergus Sheil says that  “For many people (including myself) The Magic Flute is the first opera they ever saw. I vividly remember the three ladies rescuing Prince Tamino from the hideous monster right at the start of the opera, I can still see Papageno constantly getting into sticky situations but ending up finding his girlfriend. And I remember my disbelief at the high-wire virtuosity of the Queen of the Night’s top notes. I feel the same excitement now that Irish National Opera gets to share this extraordinary experience with Dublin audiences.”

Not to be missed The Magic Flute Tuesday 21– Saturday 25 May Gaiety Theatre Dublin

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