With show-stopping arias from the Queen of the Night – the mother-in-law from hell – sung in this Royal Opera House revival by high-flying collatura sopranos French-born Sabine Devieilhe (Sept) and the Athenian Christina Poulitsi (Oct), the spectacular score also has likeable numbers for the ungainly birdcatcher Papageno, sung by British baritone Roderick Williams (Sept) and Florian Sempey (Oct).
The hugely popular baritone Roderick Williams sings the role of birdcatcher Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Covent Garden
Lovers Tamino and Pamina are led to a secure future together by the apparently sinister, ultimately wise and priestly Sarastro, with an assortment of helpful women, soldiers, boys, and other guides.
The whole is directed by David McVicar – with designs by John Macfarlane – whose production, first staged at Covent Garden in 2003, earned praised for its magical look and modern take on 18th-century sexual stereotyping.
Julia Jones conducts most performances of Die Zauberflöte, which is sung in German with English surtitles.
Booking opens 9AM, Weds 26 July. Die Zauberflöte is relayed live to cinemas across London on Weds 20 Sept, with Encore screenings on Sun 24 Sept. Click here for more details and booking.
|What||Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Royal Opera House|
Royal Opera House
Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
12 Sep 17 – 14 Oct 17, 12 performances, with 12PM matinee, 16 Sept
|Price||£8 - £185|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|