• Date: July 28, 2019
  • Time: 15:00
  • Venue: Cokethorpe School
  • Location Witney, Oxfordshire
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The Magic Flute, Cokethorpe Opera Festival

The Magic Flute with live performance illustrator!

A young man with a passion for books reads about a magical kingdom where ‘day’ and ‘night’ wage war against each other.  As he reads he is consumed by the story, so much so that he realises that he has fallen into his own fantasy world.  He meets the Queen of the Night and her mortal enemy, the leader of the Sun Temple, the mighty Sarastro.  The Queen and her Three Ladies charge him with a quest, to rescue the Queen’s daughter, the beautiful Pamina, who has been kidnapped by Monostatos, a henchman working for Sarastro.  Accompanied by the bird catcher, Papageno, the young man, Tamino, starts a voyage of discovery as he searches for love, truth and consequently a purpose higher than himself, with only his Magic Flute and Three Boys to guide him.

Throughout the performance we are delighted to announce that the well-known author and illustrator James Mayhew and his partner Antonio Reche-Martinez, will be painting the action on stage during the performance.

James Mayhew is the author and illustrator of the long-running and best-selling Katie and Ella Bella Ballerina books. First published in 1989, Katie’s Picture Show established the long-running and best selling series of books that introduce children to the great works of art, while Ella Bella Ballerina is a bridge to the great ballets of Tchaikovsky and others. James is also the illustrator of Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes. Apart from his work in publishing, James is an internationally renowned concert presenter, illustrating live on stage with orchestras and ensembles in venues including the Royal Albert Hall.

Opera Anywhere have teamed up with Cokethorpe School to produce a brand new summer opera festival, to take place between Friday 26th July and Sunday 28th July. We have selected some ideal outdoor locations for our performances with the advantage of the indoor studio theatre located in the schools grounds should the weather be inclement.

Audiences will be encouraged to picnic in the grounds prior to the performances, gates open at 6pm for the 7.30pm performances and 1pm for the 3pm matinee performance. There is ample free parking available, very close and easy access to the performance venues.

Festival performances include:

  • Friday 26th July at 7.30pm in the ‘Upper Quad’, ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ (Gilbert & Sullivan)
  • Saturday 27th July at 7.30pm in the ‘Upper Quad’, ‘The Mikado’ (Gilbert & Sullivan)
  • Sunday 28th July at 3pm in the ‘Upper Quad’, ‘The Magic Flute‘ (Mozart) with ‘live painting to opera’ artists
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