Photo by: Branco Gaica
On Tuesday my Mum and I had an evening out together at the Opera. We went to the Sydney Opera House for a performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." I have been to the Opera House for kids shows before but this was much more special.
I like to listen to Opera on the radio in the evenings before I go to sleep and the last few weeks I have been listening to the CD of The Magic Flute.
We arrived at the Opera House early so we could get a drink in the foyer and I also had some chocolate. There were a lot of other families there as well. When we went into the concert hall it was completely full and our seats had a great view of the stage and we could see everything that was going on.
I thought the singing was inspiring and the costumes were so divine. The puppets were oversized, colourful, fascinating and everyone seated near me enjoyed them. The set was huge and it moved around for the performers and to show different scenes. Sometimes it was difficult to understand what was being sung (even in English) but luckily you can read the surtitles (the words appear on a small screen above the stage) but I found it more enjoyable just to listen and take it all in.
The story is about Prince Tamino who is saved from a serpent by three of the Queens helpers. When they go off to tell the Queen a bird catcher called Papageno bumps into the Prince and takes the credit for saving him from the snake and they become friends. When the three ladies come back they put a muzzle on him so he can not talk as punishment for lying.
The Queen sends them both off on adventure to save her daughter Pamina from the cruel Sarastro. Tamino is given a magic flute and Papageno silver bells for a safe journey. There are also three spirits that guide them. But there are some twists and Prince Tamino and Papageno face many dangers but find their way to a happy ending.
The Opera runs for two hours but you get to have a break half way and can go outside, enjoy the view and have a chat.
After the performance even though it was way past my bed time we had a drink and some dessert at the Opera bar outside and listened to the jazz band playing and talked about our night at the Opera.
I think The Magic Flute would be great for kids who are five and older and families who want to have a special night out with their kids.
by Mischa age 10
Sydney until 23rd March 2012
Melbourne 21st April until 12th May 2012
Bookings and more information visit http://www.opera-australia.org.au/