To chop Mozart’s The Magic Flute down into two hours, with an interval; to translate it entirely into English; to set it in a modern-day nightclub style setting, are all brave moves by OperaUpClose. Glyn Maxwell’s revised libretto, Valentina Ceschi’s direction and Alex Beetschen’s orchestration down to four instrumentalists are not perfect – understandable given the mammoth undertaking. But they are bloody close and that in itself is a huge achievement.
Tag: Emma Bailey
There’s a protective spell that schoolchildren enjoy – molly coddling is commonplace, both emotionally and practically. School is one of the safest of environments in this regard, despite us often believing the contrary at the time. But there is no such protection for teachers; their pupils at times are allowed to get away with things that adults would never be permitted. But what happens when it goes too far, when the teachers reach breaking point? We are all human, after all.