Thursday, February 14, 2008

South Africa, The Good News: African version of Magic Flute opens in London

Thursday, 14 February 2008

An African version of Mozart's "Magic Flute" opened in London on Wednesday night, the Telegraph reported. "Most of the 35-strong cast, trained in the townships' vibrant choral tradition, hail from Khayelitsha or somewhere like it," the newspaper said.

When critics saw the show before Christmas at the Young Vic, they were won over "by a spectacular and joyous Africanisation of Mozart's operatic fable." However, the opera is not as purists know it. The Telegraph said that two characters in the work, Tamino and Pamina "are fluent in Xhosa." And the costumes are "an explosion of African colour." Full Post

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