Julie Taymor’s sparkling English-language production of Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE illustrates the tale with flying birds, dancing bears and a star-shimmering Queen of the Night. Set in a fanciful ancient Egypt, the story is as universal as any fairy tale. The noble Prince Tamino is encouraged by The Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter, Pamina, from the sorcerer Sarastro. It is soon apparent, however, that Sarastro was actually saving Pamina from her wicked mother. Courage, virtue and wisdom ultimately triumph, but not before Tamino’s friend, Papageno, finds his beloved Papagena.
THE MAGIC FLUTE airs for SundayArts April 20, 2008.