MAGIC is CPH Opera Festival’s family-friendly version of Mozart’s masterpiece The Magic Flute.
The storyline has been trimmed to focus on the story’s three couples: Papageno and Papagena, Tamino and Pamina, and the Queen of the Night and Sarastro. We begin at home in the living room of the aging Papageno, surrounded by his playing grandchildren. When they accidentally destroy the frame of their grandfather and Papagena’s wedding photo, it causes a rift in time and it’s as if the two lovers have never met. The rift can only be fixed by reliving the story, as it was – the storyline must be wound back to the time when Papageno was a lonely bird catcher.
The present day is presented through video, where Grandfather Papageno, as the all-knowing narrator, comments on the actions he made in his younger life, which take place on stage, and tries to guide the story towards its well-known happy end. The children in the audience can identify with the grandchildren in the video, who disappear after the chaos of the opening scene to be represented by all children in the audience. Grandfather Papageno speaks to them throughout, asking for their help and to sing along at chosen points of the the story, bringing the magic of the play to life.