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Acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh skillfully lifts one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most beloved works from its original fairy-tale setting and places it against the backdrop of the First World War with this impassioned English-language adaptation staged to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the master composer's birth. Tamino (Joseph Kaiser) has been wounded in battle, but his life is saved when he is subsequently rescued by three kindly field nurses. Papageno (Benjamin Jay Davis) is a bird keeper whose mission it is to check the trenches for dangerous gasses. Upon seeing a picture of the lovely Pamina (Amy Carson) and instantly falling in love with the girl, Tamino makes it his mission in life to save his treasured beauty from the clutches of nefarious kidnapper Sarastro (Rene Pape). Tamino won't be alone on his dangerous mission, though, because the noble Papageno, who has determined to rescue his own true love, has vowed to fight alongside the smitten soldier right to the bitter end. An imaginative new adaptation of one of Mozart's most beloved operas, Branagh's variation on The Magic Flute features newly adapted libretto by Stephen Fry, musical direction by James Conlon, and an unforgettable score skillfully performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Joseph Kaiser
as Tamino
Amy Carson
as Pamina
Silvia Moi
as Papagena
Rene Pape
as Sarastro
Lyubov Petrova
as Queen of the Night
Liz Smith
as Old Papagena
Kim-Marie Woodhouse
as Three Ladies
Chame Rochford
Luke Lampard
Jamie Manton
Peter Wedd
Keely Watson

Crew

Kenneth Branagh
Director
Kenneth Branagh
Producer
Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Producer
Kenneth Branagh
Screenwriter
Stephen Fry
Screenwriter
Roger Lanser
Cinematographer
Daniel Zalay
Musical Direction/Supervision
Emanuel Schikaneder
From Opera by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
From Opera by
James Conlon
Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Parker
Editor
Tim Harvey
Production Designer
Paul Kirby
Supervising Art Director
Stephen Wright
Executive Producer
Christopher Oram
Costume Designer
Peter Glossop
Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Playfair
Casting
Charlie Noble
Visual Effects Supervisor
Jonathan Allen
Recording
Emanuel Schikaneder
Libretto
Sarah Monzani
Makeup
Sarah Monzani
Hair Styles
Stephen Fry
Libretto
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