Mozart's The Magic Flute - Scots Opera Project

Scots Language Translation

Scots Language libretto by Dr Michael Dempster

Returning to Perth Festival of the Arts, Scots Opera Project presents a groundbreaking production of The Magic Flute, breathing new life into a classic masterpiece. 



In this innovative reinterpretation of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," the classic opera unfolds within the confines of an asylum, injecting new life into the timeless narrative. Performances on Wednesday 22 May and Sunday 26 May.

Featuring a star cast from Scotland’s operatic scene, the story follows Tamino, a troubled patient who embarks on a surreal journey, set in motion by the mysterious Queen of the Night, portrayed as a charismatic and enigmatic figure within the asylum's walls.

Tamino navigates the psychological labyrinth in order to find the escaped patient Pamina. Eventually finding her, together the pair face the challenges presented to them by Sarastro, the asylum's authoritative figure. The opera's themes of love, enlightenment, and the triumph of good over evil take on a poignant resonance as they reflect the internal struggles of the characters within the asylum setting.

What sets this adaptation apart is the use of Scots language, infusing the libretto with a rich linguistic tapestry. The characters express themselves in the melodious and expressive Scots Language, adding a layer of cultural authenticity to the production. The arias, duets, and ensembles are reimagined with a Scots flair that brings a unique and immersive quality to the performance.

The Queen of the Night's famous aria, "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen", transforms into a stirring Scots rendition, capturing the intensity of her emotions in a fresh and captivating manner. The Scots Language adaptation adds an additional layer of accessibility.

This groundbreaking production of "The Magic Flute" not only breathes new life into a classic masterpiece but also invites audiences to explore the depths of the human psyche through the lens of an asylum, all while celebrating the richness of the Scots language.

Supported by

Perth Theatre and Concert Hall

Tickets £24.50 - £29.50. Under 18s tickets just £5. Concessions (disabled, students and unemployed) £21.50 - £26.50. Carers go free when accompanying the person they're caring for. 

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