THE MAGIC FLUTE Longborough Opera July 2017


Longborough Festival Opera

Conductor   Anthony Negus

Director      Thomas Guthrie

Designer    Ruth Paton




“Simply one of the most delightful, most dramatically and musically arresting performances of this opera imaginable… an ample, moving and at times profound staging using clear and minimalist means. Not once does anything seem wrong or out of place. I found myself reacting with breathtaking delight throughout, as well as considerable emotional engagement



“Dreams and reality blur, puppets and people intermingle and a fairytale comes to life in this imaginative new production of Mozart’s singspiel… For their charming new production for Longborough Festival Opera, Thomas Guthrie and Ruth Paton take a leaf out of classic children’s books to send us tumbling into a fantastical world. “



“Magic feels real here, thanks to the skilful use of puppetry throughout the evening, as well as a faithful, traditional approach to the work itself”



“An evening that sparkles and moves, in every sense, looks stylish and works beautifully on the musical level.”


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