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THE MAGIC FLUTE: Opera for all ages to tour the North this Summer

THE MAGIC FLUTE: Opera for all ages to tour the North this Summer

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Families in the north of England are being invited to get their first taste of opera this summer as Opera North takes its Whistle Stop Opera: The Magic Flute on tour across the region.

Inspired by Mozart’s final opera, The Magic Flute, this Whistle Stop version packs adventure, a thought-provoking message and enchanting music into a 35-minute show suitable for all the family.

Through the story of Prince Tamino and his quest to win the hand of the beautiful Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, it invites the audience to embark on a magical journey, exploring the issue of climate change along the way.

At first glance, all seems well in the kingdom, but the bird-catcher Papageno has noticed that the birds are disappearing, and the animals no longer assemble to hear Tamino’s magic flute. Together, the two men and Pamina determine to find out why.

The fast-paced show has been devised by John Savournin, who also directs the piece. He is joined by three professional opera singers - soprano Emily Loftus, tenor Nicholas Watts and baritone Timothy Nelson – with accordionists Miloš Milivojević and Djordge Gajic providing the musical accompaniment.

Before they go, younger theatre-goers are encouraged to find out all about Mozart’s The Magic Flute, its characters and plot, at Opera North’s Little School of Music, where there will also be details on how to make a paper bird which can be brought along to the performance.

Jacqui Cameron, Education Director, Opera North, said:“Our Whistle Stop Operas are a great way to experience opera for the first time.

"We were keen to create one inspired by The Magic Flute as its creative and imaginative story and exciting blend of magic and adventure offer a lot for everyone, whatever their age, to enjoy and appreciate.

"In this version, we have introduced the theme of climate change as it is such a relevant topic today. We hope the show will both entertain people and make them think.”

The production will be performed to socially distanced audiences in both indoor and outdoor settings across the north of England and at the Hat Fair Festival in Winchester.

In Appleby-in-Westmorland, it is being staged as a ‘Picnic Opera’ with the audience encouraged to bring rugs and refreshments with them. A performance exclusively for refugees, those seeking sanctuary and other community groups will also take place outside Opera North’s offices in Leeds to celebrate Refugee Week later in the month.

Opera North’s Education Programme is supported by The Emerald Foundation, The Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation, The Whitaker Charitable Trust and Opera North Future Fund.

Whistle Stop Opera: The Magic Flute Performance Diary


  • Slung Low, The Holbeck, Leeds                                                          Sat 12 June                       3pm
  • Harewood House, Leeds                                                                       Sat 12 June                       7pm
  • The Gateway East, Leeds                                                                       Sat 19 June                       1pm
  • National Centre for Early Music, York                                                Sat 26 June                      11am/ 2pm
  • Hat Fair Festival, Winchester                                                              Fri 2 July                           6pm
  • WI Village Hall Garden, Arnside                                                        Sat 10 July                        3pm
  • Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds                                                               Sun 11 July                       11am/ 1pm/ 3pm
  • Allendale Village Hall, Hexham                                                          Sat 17 July                        1.30pm
  • Battlebarrow House Gardens, Appleby-in-Westmorland             Sat 17 July                             6.30pm
  • The Witham, Barnard Castle                                                               Sun 18 July                         2pm
  • Otley Courthouse                                                                                    Sat 24 July                      11am/ 2pm
  • Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley                                                        Sat 31 July                        2.30pm
  • Stage@TheDock, Hull                                                                            Sat 7 Aug                         10am/ 11.30am


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