Wild Arts: Mozart, The Magic Flute

Sunday 30 June, 5.00pm

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Wild Arts: The Magic Flute at Thaxted Festival

Image © Emily Perkins

Orlando Jopling Musical Director / James Hurley Director

Critically acclaimed opera company Wild Arts (★★★★★ Opera Now, ★★★★ The Guardian) make a welcome return to Thaxted with an exciting new production of Mozart’s final opera. Long interval for picnics/dining!

Following last season’s great Festival success, Wild Arts return with a new imagining of Mozart’s final opera. In a fairy tale land, Prince Tamino falls in love with Pamina, the kidnapped daughter of the mysterious Queen of the Night, and embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue her. His fantastical journey transforms everything he thought he knew about this dream-like world of darkness and light...

Mozart’s ever-popular score comes alive in this new fully-staged production, sung in English by a stunning cast from major opera houses, with a chamber orchestra.

Founded in 2022, Wild Arts makes great music fresh, enjoyable, and available to everyone – all while working within the confines of what the planet can support. Last year’s production of The Elixir of Love was received with unanimous critical acclaim.

There will be a long interval for picnics in Thaxted’s Conservation Garden, close to the church, or dinner locally. When you book tickets for the opera, you will be able to purchase places for your picnic at £2 each. The garden will be open from 4.00pm when you can bring in your picnic and set up your places. A very limited number of seats and table space will be provided, so we advise you to bring your own. The garden will be stewarded throughout the evening, so that you can safely leave things and collect them at the end of the opera.

Please note the earlier starting time for this event.

‘A joy beyond all expectation – sassily delivered and outstandingly well-sung.’ Michael White, former associate editor of The Guardian, reviewing 2023’s The Elixir of Love.

This concert is sponsored by friends of Thaxted Festival who wish to remain anonymous.

Venue: Thaxted Parish Church
Tickets: £44*, £40, £34, £26, £16. Age 30 and under: £10
*Premium seating in centre front rows.

“[The Tippett Quartet] concert as part of the 2023 Thaxted Festival revealed a group of musicians of profound interpretative depth, and capable of traversing a wide range of repertoire.”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“A positively life-enhancing performance of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love in English with reduced ensemble by Wild Arts…”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The performance was a joy … and the quartet brought out its sense of both structural and linear perfection.” Holst’s Phantasy Quartet Op 36 performed by the Tippett Quartet.
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The Tippett Quartet and Emma Abbate have performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet together many times. On this occasion they combined flawless execution with instinctive – and utterly engaging – musicianship.”
Claire Seymour, in Seen and Heard International.
“…this was a wonderfully enjoyable and engaging performance that really punched above its weight. The audience in Thaxted clearly loved it and were fully engaged, whilst this experienced reviewer was carried away as well.”
Wild Art’s production of The Elixir of Love, reviewed by Robert Hugill in Planet Hugill
“2 terrific concerts I heard with London Mozart Players.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“I think Gustav is smiling down to see how his memory and that of his best friend and colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams are honoured by the expertly played pieces they both composed.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“It's always the variety and quality which keeps me coming back.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
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