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    Die Zauberflöte - Irish National Opera

    I'm in Wexford in the Republic of Ireland to see the opening night of Irish National Opera's production of Die Zauberflöte.

    Wexford is a small town but has a proud opera pedigree and its Festival won Best Opera Festival in the world at the 2017 International Opera Awards.

    I will report back in due course but some photos which I took.

    This mural is on the wall of the local supermarket. I can't imagine my supermarket back home doing this!

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    The 'Opera Grove' is even marked on googlemap.

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    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    What a wonderful tribute to the town's Opera Festival! I hope you enjoy the performance of Die Zauberflöte, and look forward to your report.

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    This isn't a proper review as I'm not good at those; just a few notes about my trip to Ireland to see INO's Magic Flute which I absolutely loved.

    I specifically went to see Lukas Jakobski sing the role of Sarastro and to hear him sing two of my favourite arias "O Isis und Osiris" and "In diesen heil'gen Hallen" and he didn't disappoint.

    I saw the opera in Wexford, Limerick and Dublin. Director Caroline Staunton is currently Asst. Director at Staatsoper Berlin but was born in Dublin and uses Irish mythology and history in her interpretation. I didn't understand the Irish references at all at first but before I saw it again, I did a bit of research into Irish folklore and read the INO's design notes and it made much more sense.

    I do know Irish/English history and was intrigued by Sarastro being depicted as an English scarlet-coated Master of Foxhounds and his realm being a gentlemen's club. He was very much the egotistical colonial overlord and regarded Pamina as his property with suggestions of droit du seigneur.

    Much of action is imagined. There's no serpent, no animals to tame and Sarastro doesn't makes his entrance in a chariot pulled by six lions. Of course none of this mattered, it's 'magic' after all, and the story was all there in the acting and the singing and the voices couldn't have been better.

    I'd not seen the conductor Peter Whelan before but loved his sparkling interpretation and I'll definitely look out for him in the future.

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    Pamina
    Jennifer Davis/Anna Devin

    Tamino
    Tyler Nelson/Nick Pritchard

    Papageno
    Gavan Ring

    Queen of the Night
    Audrey Luna/Kim Sheehan

    Sarastro
    Lukas Jakobski

    First Lady
    Rachel Croash

    Second Lady
    Sarah Richmond

    Third Lady
    Raphaela Mangan

    Monostatos
    Andrew Gavin

    Papagena
    Amy Ní Fhearraigh

    Speaker
    Padraic Rowan

    First Armed Man
    Fearghal Curtis

    Second Armed Man
    Robert McAllister

    First Priest
    Matthew Mannion

    Second Priest
    Peter O'Reilly

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    Conductor
    Peter Whelan

    Director
    Caroline Staunton

    Set & Lighting Designer
    Ciaran Bagnall

    Costume Designer
    Katie Davenport

    Chorus Director
    Sinead Hayes

    Assistant Director
    Sarah Baxter

    Irish National Opera Chorus

    Irish Chamber Orchestra

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    Some more photos from the trip

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    Wexford National Opera House. An unpretentious opera house with superb acoustics.

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    Then on to Limerick where a concert performance was staged in the University Concert Hall. The students had broken up and the campus was deserted apart from Antony Gormley's "Together and Apart".

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    Last stop Dublin. A 'lost' Caravaggio "The Taking of Christ" (I did ask permission to take the photo) and memorials to other local celebrities.

    A brilliant trip.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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