Adapting Mozart’s The Magic Flute for a young audience was all about concentrating on the magic for Aisling Ennis.

Dragons, magic, spells, princes, princesses…

The idea for creating a new version of Mozart’s final opera The Magic Flute came to me rather abruptly. I have three young children, who delight in endless stories – and their own storytelling – and I am a musician trying to balance a career around motherhood. The idea seemed very simple.

Relay the story of The Magic Flute in a bite-sized, family-friendly offering with narrator in place of the many singers involved in the original opera.

I am very grateful to Fiachra Garvey and West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival for premiering this new adaptation in May 2022 during the festival in Russborough House and we are very much looking forward to performing it in Greystones on 2nd October at The Whale Theatre.

Whittling a near three-hour opera down to under an hour, whilst axing many of the singers (and orchestra!) is a labour of love. To say the least. I am very grateful to our narrator Nick Grennell for being a patient collaborator in bringing the text to life. It’s lovely to see a 200-year-old story connect with people and Mozart’s music is as fresh and charming today as it ever was – now arranged for Trio Táin (flute, viola, harp).

What can you expect from our production? A family-friendly, relaxed and lively retelling of one of Mozart’s most famous works, an introduction to our instruments and an interactive musical outing for all the family.


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