|The Magic Flute|
Angeles Review by Willard Manus
The South African opera company, Isango Ensemble, recently made a brief but memorable visit to the Broad Stage with its inventive and joyous production of Mozarts THE MAGIC FLUTE.
Adapted and directed by Mark Dornford-May, this MAGIC FLUTE
melded elements from Mozarts score with African choral tradition. Certain classic characters like Papageno, Sarastro and Queen of the Night were retained, but given an African makeover. The story was transposed to Cape Town as well and the score was played on an array of marimbas, drums and bells. The arias were sung in a mixture of English, Xhosa and other African languages. The result was a MAGIC FLUTE like none other before it.
outstanding performers and singers were Pauline Malefane (co-founder of
Isango) as Queen of the Night, Mandisi Dyanyis as the horn- (not flute)tooting
music director, Mhlekazi Mosiea and Zolina Ngejane as the young lovers.
Ayanda Tikolo also made a powerful impression as the tribal leader Sarastro,
especially when he took on the operas famous aria In diesen
heilgen Hallen and turned it into a stirring African freedom