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10 November, 2016 — By Sebastian Taylor

MOZART’S enchanting and final opera The Magic Flute is the Hampstead Garden Opera’s next production at its new venue, Jacksons Lane Theatre, Highgate.

Opening this Friday with nine further performances through to Sunday November 20, the exciting new production has been developed by Toria Banks marking her HGO debut.

Her recent credits include being revival director for the acclaimed Royal Opera House production of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

The Magic Flute starts with the arrival, out of nowhere, of a hero from another realm,” she says. “In our production, he’s a sort of Saint George, who faints fighting the dragon, only to wake up in a sort of England, sort of now, where power and learning are kept for the few.

“In the end, though, it’s not heroism, but grace and love which throw open the doors of the Temple to everyone.”

Also making his HGO debut as music director is Christopher Stark, co-artistic director of the award-winning Multi-Story Orchestra, based in Peckham Car Park, and now playing in the HGO’s new production.

The HGO moved from Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate, to Jackson’s Lane Theatre last spring with a staging of Cav & Pag that had a mixed reception.

• The Magic Flute, Jackson’s Lane Theatre, 269a Archway, N6. 0800 411 881, www.hgo.org.uk. Performances: November 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19, at 7.30pm. Matinées: Sundays November 13 & 20, at 4pm; and Saturday November 19, at 2.30pm. Tickets from £22

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