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Opera Australia - The Magic Flute

Venue Lyric Theatre, QPAC
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Dates From 26 May to 8 Jun 2012

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Welcome to a world where animals dance and children fly, where princes battle dragons and hope battles despair. To a world where ideas matter, and music saves the day. Welcome to a magical experience for the whole family in an enchanting new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Julie Taymor, director of Disney's The Lion King, has taken Mozart's fairy tale and turned it into a show that, in the spirit of the original, speaks to the child in all of us. A feisty young cast brings this landmark production to Brisbane.

Andrew Brunsdon is Tamino, with Andrew Jones as Papageno, and Taryn Fiebig as Pamina. The towering role of Queen of the Night is taken on by Brisbane based soprano, Milica Ilic, and David Parkin is Sarastro. Tamino is a noble prince on a quest. He discovers strange lands, inhabited by wondrous creatures - scary women, wise children and even a bird man - but that is not what he is looking for. Will Tamino finally discover the truth? And will he find true love?



Performed in English with subtitles.

"Whoever had the inspired idea to put Julie Taymor at the helm of a Mozart opera should be roundly congratulated. The words that erupt from her immense imagination take the composer's music to new and exciting places."
Nathanael Cooper, Sunday Mail Brisbane, 27 May 2012

"There's so much to love about this show and almost nothing to dislike."
TimeOut, 11 Jan 2012 Read more

"Artistic director Lyndon Terracini must be congratulated on the balance he brings to the OA's programmes. The Magic Flute has been reinvented, principally by the Lion Kingly genius of Taymor, and transported into an enchanting, magical realm as potent as any in the minds of Mozart and Schikaneder way back when."
Curtain Call, 8 Jan 2012 Read More

"A beautiful and captivating version of Mozart's pop fave"
Stage Noise, 7 Jan 2012 Read more

"Bravo for delivering such an innovative production."
Stage Whispers, 28 May 2012Read more

Meet the Cast

Pamina Taryn Fiebig

Helpmann Award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia most popular and versatile artists.  She graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1993 with a Bachelor of Music in Cello performance after which she commenced vocal training with Molly McGurk and later with Megan Sutton.

It was her particular interest in early-music repertoire which won her two scholarships to the Dartington International Summer School in 1995 and 1996, studying with Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb and Anthony Rooley.  Further study with Jane Manning was made possible by a Churchill Fellowship in 2000.  She completed the Emerging Performers Programme at the Australian Opera Studio in 2003, having studied with Gregory Yurisich and Patricia Price.

As a soloist, she has performed the 15th Century Masterpiece El Cant de la Sibil-la with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for their popular Noël Noël Christmas concerts.   Internationally, Taryn has performed in Los Angeles with the contemporary music ensemble L.A. EAR unit, in England with the English Chamber Orchestra in St. John's Smith Square, London and on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 in the radio dramas Southland and Pembroke, Arcadia.

In 2005, Taryn Fiebig joined Opera Australia as a principal soprano.  Her many roles with this company have included Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Musetta in La bohème, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, The Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, Clorinda in Cenerentola, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Rose in Lakmé, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Karolka in Jenufa, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Gianetta in The Gondoliers.  In 2008/2009, she sang the leading role of Eliza Dolittle in the national tour of My Fair Lady.

Taryn has sung Sicle in L'Ormindo for Pinchgut Opera and has appeared as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Perth Collegium Baroque Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Choir and for the Sydney Chamber Music Festival.

For Opera Australia in 2010/2011, Taryn sang Susanna, Musetta, Zerlina, Yum-Yum, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Aphrodite in The Love of the Nightingale, Lisa in La Sonnambula and won the Helpmann Award for her portrayal as Lucy in Bliss (which she sang in Sydney, Melbourne and at the Edinburgh Festival) and appeared in concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Selby & Friends and in recital at the Art Gallery of NSW as part of their Rensonate series.

In 2012, Taryn Fiebig will sing Susanna and Pamina in new productions of Le nozze di Figaro and The Magic Flute for Opera Australia.

Tamino Andrew Brunsdon
Papageno Andrew Jones
Queen of the Night Milica Ilic
Sarastro David Parkin
First Lady Elisa Wilson
Second Lady Sian Pendry
Third Lady Tania Ferris
Papagena Kiandra Howarth
Monostatos Kanen Breen
Speaker Andrew Collis

We’re sure you will have a spectacular night at The Magic Flute.

This is the Australian première of Julie Taymor’s spectacular production of The Magic Flute. To mark the occasion, we have assembled notes about the story, the music, the composer and the performers, together with links to interviews with the stars themselves.

Download an information eGuide [PDF 930KB] about the Magic Flute

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