Moira singer takes to stage in Magic Flute

Maria McGrann
Maria McGrann

Moira singer Maria McGrann will be one of the stars of the show when Northern Ireland Opera’s new production of Mozart’s masterpiece The Magic Flute takes to the road in September.

Maria will be part of Northern Ireland Opera’s chorus in the production, which opens in Armagh on September 4 before touring to Omagh, Belfast and Derry-Londonderry.

Starring alongside internationally-renowned opera singers such as John Graham-Hall, whose recent engagements have included principal roles at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and La Scala Milan, Maria is a great example of the incredible young operatic talent

that Northern Ireland has produced in recent years.

Maria said, “The Magic Flute is one of the most popular operas ever written. It’s a funny but also moving fairytale story full of stunning music, and to be sharing the stage with such amazing singers is a dream come true.

“It’s also the perfect piece to see if you’ve never been to an opera before, so I hope we’ll have full houses throughout the tour!”

Mozart’s much-loved opera tells the story of Tamino - a handsome prince on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Pamina from the clutches of the mysterious Sarastro. Armed only with his magic flute, and with the loveablebird-catcher Papageno by his side, Tamino’s journey brings him face-to-face with a giant serpent, the villainous Monostatos and the powerful Queen of the Night, but will he have the courage to face the trials ahead of him?

First seen at Nevill Holt Opera in 2013, this critically-acclaimed production is conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, directed by Oliver Mears and designed by Simon Holdsworth. Northern Irish singers Aoife Miskelly and Ben McAteer sing the roles of Pamina and Papageno, with Anthony Gregory as Tamino, Stephen Richardson as Sarastro, Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson as the Queen of the Night, and John Graham-Hall as Monostatos.

The opera opens at the Market Place Theatre in Armagh on September 4, before moving to the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh on September 6, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast on September 10 and 11, and the Millennium Forum in Derry-Londonderry on September 13.