The entire cast are convincing in this exuberant piece where all the laughs come in all the right places. Andrew Davidson’s skeletal staging — hardly any set, barely any props — has the virtue of not standing in the way of the action. The young singers, looking comfortable in everyday modern dress, make it believable.
★★★★ Nick Kimberley – London Evening Standard
This new staging is slick and contemporary with a well thought-out re-interpretation of the plot, offering a fresh perspective on the opera. There was a great team spirit and some very good acting. The singers are well directed so that the dynamic between the characters in any scene is always clear.
★★★★ Nahoko Gotoh – Bachtrack
There was real Magic in this Flute. The most intriguing aspect of Davidson’s work was a new slant on Mozart’s masons … his ideas were so apt … his work with the singers was so skilful and flush with the work’s quintessential humanity.
★★★★★ Roger Knight – State of the Arts
Davidson has moved the action from a fairy tale forest to the jungle of the cities. In finding so many contemporary references to bolster his view of the relevance of the story, Andrew Davidson has done Mozart a great favour. A real theatrical coup.
★★★★★ Ewart Shaw – Radio Adelaide