An Oxford-based opera company is set to perform its first full show since the pandemic began.

Oxford Opera will bring Mozart’s The Magic Flute to the Oxford Playhouse next months.

Internationally acclaimed singers John Savournin (Sarastro), Felix Kemp (Papageno) and Marlena Devo (Pamina) will star in company’s post-pandemic return, alongside rising star Clara Bernier (Queen of the Night).

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The singers will be joined by Oxford Opera Orchestra and a chorus of more than 40 young performers from schools around Oxfordshire.

Oxford Opera’s founder Stuart Pendred said: “This is the perfect opera to give us all the lift we need right now. The Magic Flute, if you don’t know the story, has the extraordinary power of transforming sadness into joy – it is the story of good overcoming evil so it really is the remedy we all need right now, after years of stress and fear.

“We’re hugely excited to be bringing a truly hilarious and beautiful version of this magnificent opera to Oxford, with these world-class singers - and to be giving it our own unique twist.”

As a cultural partner of Oxford City Council, Oxford Opera is taking its workshop Tamino’s Adventure, based on characters from The Magic Flute,  to schools around the city.

The Magic Flute will at the Oxford Playhouse April 1 to 3, including a special matinee performance for families. Tickets from £10.


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