A Derry singer will be performing on a very familiar stage when she appears at the Millennium Forum on September 13 in the chorus of Mozart’s masterpiece The Magic Flute, in a new production from Northern Ireland Opera.
Starring alongside internationally-renowned opera singers such as John Graham-Hall, whose recent engagements have included principal roles at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and La Scala Milan, Laura McFall is a great example of the incredible young operatic talent that Northern Ireland has produced in recent years.
Laura said: “The Magic Flute is one of the most popular operas ever written. It’s a funny but also moving fairytale story full of stunning music, and to be sharing the stage with such amazing singers is a dream come true.
“It’s also the perfect piece to see if you’ve never been to an opera before, so I hope we’ll have a full house at the Millennium Forum!”
Mozart’s much-loved opera tells the story of Tamino - a handsome prince on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Pamina from the clutches of the mysterious Sarastro.
Armed only with his magic flute, and with the loveable bird-catcher Papageno by his side, Tamino’s journey brings him face-to-face with a giant serpent, the villainous Monostatos and the powerful Queen of the Night, but will he have the courage to face the trials ahead of him?
First seen at Nevill Holt Opera in 2013, this critically-acclaimed production is conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, directed by Oliver Mears and designed by Simon Holdsworth. Northern Irish singers Aoife Miskelly and Ben McAteer sing the roles of Pamina and Papageno, with Anthony Gregory as Tamino, Stephen Richardson as Sarastro, Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson as the Queen of the Night, and John Graham-Hall as Monostatos.
The opera opens at the Market Place Theatre in Armagh on September 4, before moving to the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh on September 6, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast on September 10 and 11, and the Millennium Forum on September 13.
Tickets, which cost from £14.50 to £20 (concessions available) can be bought from the Millennium Forum box office on 028 7126 4455, or online at www.millenniumforum.co.uk