23 Jun 2015

Indiana Jones meets Mozart in The Magic Flute

The Indiana Jones-inspired tale of adventure is heading to the Empire Theatre on July 16 for  Opera Australia’s brand new production of The Magic Flute.

A spirited Egyptian adventure will see twelve Opera Australia singers join a local children’s choir under the baton of conductors Simon Kenway and Paul Fitzsimon.

The Magic Flute follows the journey of two young couples, where new strengths are forged and true love and friendship are tested.

 As the tale unfolds, hero Prince Tamino receives a magic flute from the Queen of the Night and sets out to rescue her daughter Pamina from an evil priest. Adventure, drama, comedy and love ensue!

Director Michael Gow and designer Robert Kemp describe The Magic Flute as a timeless story of a hero in search of adventure.

 “It’s a sort of classic quest, really,” says Gow. “We have a young man who wants to find true love. But he’s got it all the wrong way around, and has to deal with his own ego. So much of this opera is about letting go of what you want, and finding a way to meet people halfway.”

The Magic Flute is performed in English and while it retains the music and storyline of Mozart’s original, Gow and Kemp have transformed The Magic Flute to make it fresh and fun – full of references to movies like The Mummy and Indiana Jones.

Selected members of the Toowoomba Youth Choral Society make up the Children’s Chorus who have been working hard towards their performance with Opera Australia.

The Opera Australia Regional Tour production (formerly known as Oz Opera) is designed to entertain people of all ages, during its tour across 17 regional centres in Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia in 2015.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au