Opera for children
Performed in Czech
Premiere on 25th November 2011, Reduta Theatre
Where is Papagena?
Children belongs to the theatre and the theatre belongs to children! And this spectacular fairy‑tale is for children. There is plenty of magic, feathers and adventure about a queen whose only daughter was kidnapped by the evil black wizard Monostatos and therefore Prince Tamino is sent to set Princess Pamina free with the help of the bird catcher Papageno. There have been many adaptations of large operatic works into shorter, chamber‑style, pieces created in the last fifty years in an effort to popularize the operatic genre for children. It is understandable that these adaptors also chose The Magic Flute which is basically a fairy‑tale, filled with Mozart’s charming music. One of these children’s versions was created for the theatre in Mannheim under the title Papageno Plays the Magic Flute in 1980. It was written by Eberhard Streul, a contemporary German composer, director and dramaturgist. Accompanied by the cheerful bird catcher Papageno, children set out for an adventurous journey around a magic forest where they have to pass many tests with their fairy‑tale friends to finally find Papagena for Papageno. The performance is for children from 4 to 8 years.
This production was performed as its Czech premiere.
Janáček Opera Ensemble and Orchestra of the National Theatre Brno