Friday Ist June 2012

Le Grenat,
Théâtre de l’Archipel, Perpignan




 Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Dialogue in French, songs in German

The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1791, the year in which the composer died. The libretto was written by Emmanuel Schikaneder, who also played Papageno in the opera’s premiere.

The story is really a fairy tale for both children and adults, full of Masonic symbolism,  its music ranging from simple, folk-like tunes such as Papageno’s “Ein Vogelfänger bin ich ja” to the raging virtuosity of the Queen of the Night’s “Der Hölle Rache.”

The Magic Flute tells of the adventures of Prince Tamino who, accompanied by the bird catcher Papageno, rescues Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, who has been kidnapped by the wizard Sarastro.

When the frightened prince is rescued from a serpent, he falls in love with the portrait of the queen’s daughter, Pamina,  enslaved by the evil Sarastro.

The queen’s ladies give Tamino a magic flute to Tamino (and silver bells to Papageno) to ensure their safety, appointing three spirits to guide them. He is then put through a series of trials
Pamina, in the meantime, catches a glimpse of Tamimo, and is enchanted by him

After many dangers, and the discovery that the queen of the night is actually a baddy, whilst the wicked wizard is really a goody, Pamina and Tamino are reunited and face the ordeals of water and fire protected by the magic flute. Tout est bien qui finit bien!

More info:
‪Le Théâtre de l’Archipel‬
‪Avenue Général Leclerc‬
‪BP 90 327 – 66003 Perpignan cedex‬
‪Tel : 04 68 62 62 00‬
‪Email :‬



Le Théâtre de l’Archipel‬

There is an exciting new addition to the Perpignan skyline. If you have been to Perpignan in the last few months you would have noticed a large construction along Avenue Général Leclerc and a giant concrete bubble. This bubble is ‬now‪ ‘the grenat,’ a large theatre space accommodating 1100 guests and the venue of the Théâtre de l’Archipel. Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, the theatre will bring a touch of prestige to the previously rundown edge of the city.‬

‪The new theatre and cultural precinct is designed to be an artistic & cultural hub for the city. Welcoming local and international artists, it is hoped the precinct will encourage a spirit of multiculturalism and social tolerance.‬

‪There is something for everyone in the season line-up including theatre, dance, circus, opera, classical & contemporary music, as well as a special programme for children. Some of the artists performing include Eric Cantona, Thomas Dutronc and Yael Naim. Ticket prices range from 11€ to 40€.‬

‪For ticket and performance information you can visit the theatre website: Here you will be able to read more about “the grenat” and take a virtual tour of the site.‬

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