In this cultural experiment, The Parlour turns the spotlight on Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. Forget everything you’ve been told and hear the story from the perspective of the Queen of the Night. Her land is being colonized, her people enslaved, her daughter abducted. She will fight with every weapon in her arsenal to protect her realm, so who are the heroes and who are the villains?
These two performances are workshop “showings” rather than a full, operatic production and very much in The Parlour’s style. The character of the Queen of the Night will give you the background to the time and place at the start and as the opera unfolds. The music is all Mozart and the sung text is a translation of Emanuel Schikaneder’s original libretto.
Directed by Karen Van Spall and Melanie Hillman Conducted by Patrick Burns
Cast in order of appearance:
Melanie Hillman - Queen of the Night narrator Michael Petruccelli - Tamino Jayne Pickering – 1st Lady Katrina Waters – 2nd Lady Kerrie Ann Bolton – 3rd Lady Michael Lampard - Papageno Hannah Dahlenburg – Queen of the Night Marjorie Butcher – 1st Starling Bailey Montgomerie – 2nd Starling Alexandra Amerides – 3rd Starling Michael Lapiña - Monostatos Jane Magão - Pamina Steven Gallop - Sarastro Jessica Carrascalao Heard - Papagena
Sung in English and accompanied by chamber ensemble featuring pianist, Coady Green
FRI 8 and SAT 9 April, 7.30pm The MC Showroom L1/48 Clifton St, Prahran VIC 3181 (venue is up a short flight of stairs)