Joburg Theatre, in partnership with MDN Classics, will be presenting Mozart’s opera ‘The Magic Flute’ on the Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre, for four shows only, from Wednesday, May 18, to Tuesday, May 24.
‘The Magic Flute’, is considered by many classical music fans as one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Composed and premiered in Vienna, Austria, in 1791, it has remained the most performed opera in the world for the past 200 years.
‘The Magic Flute’ is in the form of a German Singspiel, a form which includes singing and spoken dialogues. For this production, the texts will be sung in German and the spoken dialogues have been adapted to include a mixture of South African languages to emphasize the light-hearted side of this opera and to be as accessible to audiences as possible.
An international cast has been assembled for this production. The cast will include Germany-based South African tenor Musa Nkuna as Tamino; South African classical singer Aubrey Lodewyk as Papageno; Germany-based
South African soprano Caroline Nkwe as Pamina; Polish coloratura soprano Aleksandra Olczyk (Pictured Above) as the Queen of the Night ; Viola Zimmermann, Christine Dammann and Anna Nesyba as the Three Ladies; Polish bass Marek Gastecki as Sarastro; German tenor Henning Jendritza as Monostatos; and the award-winning Gauteng Choristers will be the chorus.
The stage director is Dr. Christoph Dammann, who has long been an internationally active theater director and cultural manager, including as director of the Cologne Opera, the Portuguese National Opera Lisbon and the Opera Festival Berlin. Costume and light designing is by Sybille Pfeiffe and Wolfgang Stärke. This production will be accompanied by the German Rhine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Desar Sulejmani, a young Albanian-German conductor whose conducting has taken him to some of Europe´s most important opera houses and concert halls.
The opera is sometimes seen as a statement on the superiority of reason over superstition. Noted for its prominent Masonic elements, the love story written by Schikaneder promises to be a highlight for South African theatregoers this May.
* Tickets range between R200 to R500, and are available by calling 0861 670 670, or visiting www.joburgtheatre.com, as well as through Webtickets. For group bookings of 10 or more, call the theatre directly on 011 877 6853/6815.