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The Magic of the TheatreSep 2017
OperaUpClose reinvents Mozart's Magic Flute

Although they also produce world premieres, the OperaUpClose trademark is their bold, fresh take on classics from the operatic repertoire – their La bohème won an Olivier Award in 2011.  This autumn it is The Magic Flute that will receive their special treatment with a translation by Glyn Maxwell and an orchestration for small ensemble by Alex Beetschen.

The opera, which had the most successful run of any of his operas was Mozart’s first for a commercial rather than a court theatre.  It draws on the magical spectacle and earthy comedy of popular Viennese theatre and mixing exotic fairy tale with trials and triumphs it offers lots of scope for contemporary transformation.

Invited behind the velvet rope at London’s most exclusive club, Tamino doesn’t have time to stop for beggars, paparazzi, or even his girlfriend Pamina.  Going to bed after a blazing row later that night, this ordinary couple relive the events and encounters of the evening in dreams made extraordinary by the lateness of the hour, their befuddled senses, and a touch of magic.

Directed by Valentina Ceschi, this classic opera will be reimagined in fabulous new robes for the era of Trump and recessions, aiming to cast rays of light and love into contemporary darkness.

The OperaUpClose production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute opens at the Soho Theatre London on September 6 and runs for a month before touring.