Magic in the air at estate

Seymour Telegraph - - KIDS SPEAK - By Sion­nie Kelly Keen to per­form: Darcy Car­roll as Papegeno, Juliet Dufour as Pape­gena, Bethany Hill as Pam­ina and Joshua Erde­lyi-Go¨ tz as Monos­tatos.

Gertrude Opera will kick off its sea­son with Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute set in the stun­ning grounds of Wahring’s Noo­rilim Estate.

The Magic Flute is one of the most well-known op­eras across the world and is a tes­ta­ment to the tri­umph of love con­quer­ing evil.

This spe­cial, one-night-only, pic­nic opera per­for­mance will pro­vide an un­miss­able cur­tain opener for the third an­nual Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Gertrude Opera Fes­ti­val at Nagam­bie in Oc­to­ber.

Gertrude Opera artis­tic di­rec­tor Linda Thompson said it was the first time the com­pany had held a per­for­mance at Noo­rilim Estate.

‘‘There are a lot of fes­ti­vals like this over­seas at coun­try houses and coun­try es­tates, par­tic­u­larly in the US and Europe,’’ she said.

‘‘What we do that’s dif­fer­ent from other com­pa­nies is that we stage it so it’s opera as theatre. It’s not just stand­ing and singing — there’s ac­tion and there’s drama.’’

Ms Thompson said The Magic Flute was the ideal per­for­mance for some­one who had not ex­pe­ri­enced opera be­fore.

‘‘It has in­stantly recog­nis­able tunes and it’s all about the power of love and what peo­ple need to go through to be with the one they love,’’ she said.

‘‘It is a joy­ful, pas­sion­ate exploration of love and music and the magic of music.’’

Ms Thompson said the pro­duc­tion had a youth­ful spirit which suited the emerg­ing artists who were per­form­ing in it well.

‘‘The singers that peo­ple will hear are the singers that in five to 10 years’ time will be singing on world stages, so it is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to be able to say that not only were they at the first Gertrude Opera at Noo­rilim but also that they saw these singers well be­fore they were world-fa­mous,’’ she said.

The show will be per­formed with an eight-piece orches­tra and sung in English to en­sure that ev­ery­one un­der­stands it.

will be held at Wahring, on Satur­day, April 22.

Gates open at 3 pm with the opera start­ing at 4 pm and a one­hour pic­nic din­ner be­tween acts one and two.

Tick­ets are $90 for adults and $75 for con­ces­sion card-hold­ers.

To book tick­ets and for more in­for­ma­tion go to www.gertrude­­rilim

Per­form­ers: Pam­ina.

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