Die Zauberflöte is a magically lit, beautiful performance
by Melissa Wimbish
Warwick Thompson had a magical experience at the Royal Opera House with one of opera’s most perfect fairy tales. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte includes witches, talking birds, dragons, comedy, and some of the most enchanting music ever written. Check out the Operagasm review rundown!
In memory of Sir Colin Davis: “Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera’s music director, stepped on stage to pay tribute to his recently deceased predecessor, Colin Davis, before the first night of Die Zauberflöte…‘He didn’t like the limelight but he shed light around him,’ he said. Since Mozart was one of Davis’s favourite composers, and David McVicar’s thoughtful production (which Davis conducted many times) is magically lit, this run of performances has become a fitting farewell.”
A stunning princess!: “Russian singer Ekaterina Siurina steps up to the pinnacle of A-list Mozartian sopranos with her performance as heroine Pamina. Her gleaming sound, flawless technique and energetic acting are worth the price of a ticket alone.”
Backhanded compliment?: ”If conductor Julia Jones rushes sometimes, or Albina Shagimuratova doesn’t convey the necessary self-dramatising anger as the Queen of the Night, the evening still provides the magic it should.”
The production is on its feet until May 9. Visit Royal Opera House for tickets: http://www.roh.org