The Magic Flute
3rd November 2017
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Type of Production
Author: Mike Pendlowski
The Magic Flute, an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart still holds as much appeal as it did following its premiere on 17th September 1791. Some see it as a fairy tale with pantomime humour and magic, whilst others perceive it as a human journey of enlightenment. In either case, it is as relevant today as it was when first performed.
In true Fife Opera fashion, the chorus was outstanding, and added massively to a double-cast array of soloists, who, in themselves were a sheer pleasure to listen to.
Papageno (Jonathan Sedgewick) gave a lively, humerous performance as this role demands. It takes virtually the whole opera, but, eventually, Papageno meets the lovely wife he has been longing for – Papagena (Zoe Perman), and they plan a happy future together – with the prospect of many Papageni!
Tamino (Kenny Reid) portrayed a fine looking, handsome prince with a first class singing voice, while Freya Holliman as Pamina, the beautiful girl who falls in love with Tamino, brought this character to life with beautiful singing and acting throughout, making for a very enjoyable performance.
A superb performance was realised by Ana Pousa as Queen of the Night, while her three Ladies (Frances Taylor, Eleanor Hubbard and Barbara Scott) continued the mysterious plotting to great effect. Possibly my favourite arias in the opera were performed with consummate ease by Russell Malcolm as the sorcerer, Sarastro.
As in recent years, Musical Director Alistair Digges managed to extract every ounce of vocal talent from this large cast, while keeping his orchestra of twenty-eight under firm control. Artistic Direction was in the capable hands of Douglas Nairne, who achieved many very pleasing pictures, using the facilities of the multi-level set.
Another undoubted success for Fife Opera!