All, inevitably, is not what it seems, and Tamino
ends up undergoing a series of trials to prove himself worthy of her love.
Taking inspiration from surrealist art the set design has a series of doors opening in and out of a blue and cloudy sky while bowler hatted men usher Tamino
through a series of trials.
When the ladies return they give Tamino
a portrait of the queen's daughter, Pamina, who has been enslaved by the evil Sarastro.
Myung Hee Cho's garden maze made a suitable backdrop for Tamino
's trials and Bernard Labadie, one of Canada's leading interpreters of 18th-century music, made a welcome debut conducting the score with a deft mixture of solemnity and wit.
Accompanied by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, The Magic Flute was performed by German baritone Andreas Bauer as Sarastro, German soprano Mandy Fredrich as Queen of the Night and French tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Tamino
, a Japanese prince.
In brief, it's all about Prince Tamino
who is lost in the middle of nowhere and is asked by the Queen of the Night (no, not Whitney Houston) to save her daughter Pamina from the evil sorcerer Sarastro.
In a mythical land somewhere between sun and moon, the young prince Tamino
is rescued from a savage monster by three mysterious ladies.
Later, when Pamina contemplates suicide, thinking she has lost the love of the hero Tamino
, the scene comes up short.
In it, the characters Tamino
and Papageno seek edification in their own ways.
Mozart is perhaps the author that suits me most, but of Mozart's roles I prefer playing Ferrando in "Thus Do They All", Tamino
in "The Magic Flute" or Belmonte in "The Abduction from the Seraglio".
Wolverhampton 6.30 Tamino
, 7.30 All About You, 8.30 High Importance.