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THE MAGIC FLUTE at London Coliseum

November 24, 2013

English National Opera‘s THE MAGIC FLUTE was the first of three operas I saw over three nights at the London Coliseum last week. I would say each opera comfortably exceeded my expectations.

The Magic Flute is a collaboration with Complicite. Complicite is possibly the most well known theatre company of devised theatre in the UK and has been producing thrilling productions for thirty years now. Simon McBurney Artistic Director of Complicite has devised an opera with the ENO which combines set design and the orchestra on stage with the cast creating a seamless connection before our eyes between the process of creation and performance. I don’t think I have ever seen a production where the impact of design in communicating message has been so powerful. The show is full of wonderful physical connections, such as when the larger than life character Papageno the bird catcher arrives on stage, to be met by his music literally, as his birds are created from flying sheets of music from out of the orchestra.

The score by Mozart as I expected is an absolute delight and the performances are first class.

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