US PREMIERE of The Magic Flute. Streaming Q&A with Kenneth Branagh following film.
Sunday, June 9 at 12:00 PM
Tickets $9.00 Members $6.00
A film by Kenneth Branagh
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | An Opera in Two Acts
Sung in English | Running time 134 minutes
A film version of Mozart’s opera directed by Kenneth Branagh
Mozart’s classic opera The Magic Flute is breathtakingly transformed in a spectacular film version conceived and directed by Kenneth Branagh with a newly-adapted libretto by Stephen Fry. With musical director James Conlon conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the film showcases opera stars René Pape, Tom Randle, Lyubov Petrova and Silvia Moi in a romantic adventure story of humanity and fellowship, weaving drama with comedy. Branagh “…brings magic and a new life to Mozart” (Classic FM). A perennial favorite for generations of opera-goers this production is a visually extraordinary cinematic experience that the LA Times called “exuberant!”
Lyubov Petrova – Queen of the Night
René Pape – Sarastro
Tom Randle – Monostatos
Joseph Kaiser – Tamino
Amy Carson – Pamina
Ben Davis – Papageno
Teuta Koço – First Lady
Louise Callinan – Second Lady
Kim-Marie Woodhouse – Third Lady
Silvia Moi – Papagena (young)
Liz Smith – Papagena (Older)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Libretto: Adapted by Stephen Fry
Producer: Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Costumes: Christopher Oram
Music Arranged and Conducted by: James Conlon
Following critically successful receptions at the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, The Magic Flute features a libretto adapted by multi-talented English actor, comedian, screenwriter, playwright and journalist Stephen Fry. Complemented with music arranged by James Conlon, The Magic Flute boasts a wide range of creative voices, as well as the sterling operatic voice of internationally famed bass René Pape, with Joseph Kaiser and Amy Carson contributing their vocal talents to the leading roles.
Kenneth Branagh is best known for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare, for which he’s received Oscar nominations for direction (Henry V) and screenwriting (Hamlet). Branagh has also directed acclaimed screen versions of Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost and As You Like It.
On the eve of the first global war a magical drama unfolds as Tamino sets forth on a perilous journey in pursuit of love, light and peace in a world afflicted by darkness, death and destruction. An eerie quiet descends over a landscape still untouched by conflict as Tamino waits anxiously with his fellow recruits for the command to go into battle. In the ensuing chaos he is transported to a twilight world caught between dream and nightmare where a trio of field nurses rescues him from certain death. When Papageno (keeper of the canaries employed to detect the presence of gas in the trenches) stumbles onto the scene and attempts to take credit for saving Tamino, the Sisters dispatch the two soldiers on a deadly mission. The duo must rescue Pamina, the lovely daughter of the Queen of the Night, who has been kidnapped by the dark lord, Sarastro. What follows is a spectacular musical adventure in which the destiny of a pair of young lovers may help determine the fate of nations and the lives of millions.