Opera for children
Performed in Czech
A thrilling entry into the world of opera for children as well as adults. Special admission rates for parents with children! A spectacular fairy tale filled with magic, feathers and the adventures of a queen whose only daughter has been kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Prince Tamino sets out on an adventure through a magic forest, along with Papageno the birdman and the children who must undergo a series of trials with their fairy-tale friends... An adaptation of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute transformed into a spectacular musical fairy tale.
Premiere on 25th November 2011, Reduta Theatre
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.
Janáček Opera Ensemble and Orchestra of the National Theatre Brno