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Britten Sinfonia
Melly Still
director / designer
Finnegan Downie Dear


The Magic Flute

Britten Sinfonia opens Nevill Holt Festival with a new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute

In June, at the glorious Nevill Holt estate, Britten Sinfonia will play in a new production of Mozart's most magical opera, directed and designed by Melly Still, (Tony and Olivier Award-nominated Coram Boy, National Theatre; Rusalka and The Wreckers, Glyndebourne). 

An enchanting fairy-tale quest for love, The Magic Flute promises an evening of magic, mystique and romance, set to some of the most sublime music ever written by Mozart, conducted by Finnegan Downie Dear. A feast for the senses of opera lovers of all ages, Nevill Holt Festival’s new production will see a cast of the UK’s most talented emerging opera singers take to our stage. Britten Sinfonia is a creative partner in this production. 

“The Magic Flute stands alone — its mixture of the comic, the tragic and the fantastic, somehow all bound together through the beauty of Mozart’s music, is inexhaustibly fascinating. It is a privilege to be working with Melly Still, Nevill Holt Festival and Britten Sinfonia on this project, and I can think of no more perfect setting than the intimate and enchanting theatre at Nevill Holt to bring a new version of this piece to life.”
Finnegan Downie Dear

The opera will be sung in German with surtitles.

General booking opens 22 February.

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“It’s wonderful for Britten Sinfonia to be returning to Nevill Holt Theatre in 2024, after cherished performances in previous years of Handel, Britten and Adès. To be a creative partner in this new artistic venture – which falls within our East of England ‘patch’ – is something we look forward to enormously.”
Meurig Bowen, CEO and Artistic Director of Britten Sinfonia