Janáček Opera Ensemble and Orchestra of the National Theatre Brno
Premiere 25th November 2011, Reduta Theatre
What happened to Papageno?
A children’s opera based on ‘The Magic Flute’ by W.A. Mozart
Children’s projects are a very important part of the repertoire of the Janáček Opera. After a series of successful workshops for children and young people the opera company prepared a performance intended specifically for children between the ages of four and nine. In an effort to make the genre of opera more accessible for children over the last fifty years there have been a range of adaptations of the great operas as shorter chamber works. It is understandable that the authors of these adaptations have also selected The Magic Flute, which is in essence a fairy tale, and what’s more one full of Mozart’s charming music. One of these children’s versions was given the name Papageno Plays on the Magic Flute for the theatre in Mannheim in 1980. It was created by the contemporary German composer, director and dramaturge Eberhard Streul. Children will have a chance to have a peek in the company of the merry bird-catcher Papageno into Mozart’s Magic Flute. This epic tale is full of magic, feathers and the adventures of the queen, whose only daughter is abducted by an evil sorcerer, and who therefore tasks Prince Tamino with rescuing Princess Pamina with the help of the bird-catcher Papageno. Children also embark on this adventure through the enchanted wood, encountering with their fairy-tale comrades a range of challenges…
This production was performed as its Czech premiere.