There is comedy and frustration along the way as would-be lovers Tamino and Pamina
try to meet as they are taken on a quest to prove their worth to be together.
The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart's kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night's coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina
's lyrical love duets and Papageno's hearty, folksong-like arias.
There were awkward passages with alabaster puppets of Tamino and Pamina
being clumsily manoeuvred over the wellused stage, until at last the singers were liberated from all this flummery and we could get on with the matter in hand.
Falling short of Enlightenment, the earthy Papageno and his mate Papagena are happy with their sensual pleasures of food and drink and, unlike Tamino and Pamina
, they do not aspire to higher values of wisdom, truth and spirituality.
Tamino and Pamina
wore present-day Western clothing, while the attire of the rest of the cast suggested their place in either the natural world or their position in First Nations society.
At the same time its lovers Tamino and Pamina
- the principal 'human' (as distinct from 'symbolic') characters - have to develop convincingly.
And when lovers Tamino and Pamina
reach their nirvana, it is like a Dali artwork with a magic eye and three huge hands.
Two couples, Tamino and Pamina
and Papageno and Papagena, are besieged by evil servant Monostatos, High Priest Sarastro and the Queen of the Night.
Tamino and Pamina
together undergo a series of trials, by fire, water, air and earth, which are purificatory ordeals.
Welsh National Opera's The Magic Flute in which I sing the role of Papageno with an amazing cast, including the wonderful Alan Clayton and Sophie Bevan as Tamino and Pamina
. It's a lovely production and a great opera for all ages to enjoy.
Schikaneder's plot revolves around the Queen of the Night's attempts to test the constancy of Zatiberflote's two couples--Papageno and Papagena and Tamino and Pamina
. Over the course of the action, we run into many of Mozart's characters, including, besides the Queen, Monostatos (here a baritone), Sarastro and the Three Boys.
The more refined courtship of Prince Tamino and Pamina
was not reflected in their attire (baggy shorts with rugby shirt and sensible 1980's suit respectively) and while Eugene Ginty struggled for glamour despite power, pristine diction and very competent magic flute playing, Rebecca Watson sang gloriously.