OperaUpClose bring their bold reinvention of The Magic Flute to Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre
Get ready for a night out like no other as the Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose bring their bold reinvention of The Magic Flute to Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre.
Fully reimagined for the 21st century, this witty, innovative production transports Mozart’s much-loved flight of fancy to a fashionable Soho nightclub, fusing electronic and classical orchestration alongside a brand new English libretto by poet and playwright Glyn Maxwell.
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. After a blazing row, the couple go to bed, only to 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…
Director Valentina Ceschi said: “The whole production feels very youthful, exciting and fresh. Basically, it’s going to be a great night out because it’s about people on a night out – getting lost, finding each other and getting drunk.”
Best known for his T. S. Eliot and Forward Prize shortlisted poetry collections, writer Glyn Maxwell is also an acclaimed author, playwright and librettist, with opera credits including the Olivier Award-nominated The Firework Maker’s Daughter. Now he revisits Mozart’s classic with a radical, irreverent spirit in keeping with that of the composer himself.
“I didn’t want a libretto that demanded prior knowledge from the audience,” he explains. “The story is timeless, or deeper than time, of darkness being supplanted or defeated by light… So I set it in the course of a night, where a modern-day couple have quarrelled and need to find their way back to their love of each other, which they do through dreams and nightmares. As light grows, love grows, from the personal and private to the love of strangers.”
Using familiar, contemporary language, the production touches on themes that resonate in the era of Trump and recessions, appealing to both opera newcomers and Mozart enthusiasts alike.
The Magic Flute runs at the Belgrade Theatre for one night only on Saturday 12 May. Tickets are available to book now at www.belgrade.co.uk.