A reflection on The Magic Flute journey

As with all stage productions, being part of a show involves learning new faces, new names, multiple lines, extensive music, different stage manoeuvres and becoming familiar with your own personal in-depth character development.

The Magic Flute has been an exciting journey and it has been a pleasure to see this wonderful opera spring to life on stage. What has been most interesting for me is seeing how the Magic Flute can be adapted to fit a modern setting, and how its story is adaptable for numerous different contexts.

John Drummond has done an exceptional job in developing this new interpretation. The most crucial part to creating a successful production is the ability of the cast and crew to work together as an ensemble, as each individual is a crucial part to the success of the overall show.

The biggest challenge for me as a performer in this show was being a soprano singing a mezzo role. Through this I got the opportunity to explore a range of my voice that I hadn’t delved into before.

It has been a pleasure working with Tianyi Lu as musical director and experiencing her natural musical style and grace first hand. It was wonderful once the cast was introduced to the orchestra and we had our first sitzprobe.

Despite only being a small ensemble of 10, the orchestra really managed to capture the mood of the opera. A turning point for every performer in any production is the first performance with a live audience.

The moment the audience is there, the opera takes on a whole different feel and each performer discovers a new energy which makes the production steps up a level.

One performance to go! See you there, 7:30pm Friday 19th June.

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Post by Calla Knudson-Hollebon, Third Guide

Calla Knudson-Hollebon, age 18, current student at Otago University.
“I have performed as “Cosette” in Taieri Musical Society’s “Les Misérables” in 2013, with the New Zealand Youth Choir and appeared as soprano soloist for City Choir Dunedin in their performance of the Messiah in 2012 and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb in 2014. I was also a member of the 2011-2012 New Zealand Secondary Students’ choir and soloist for St Kilda Brass Band. I am currently training privately with Isabel Cunningham.”

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