Isango at the Hop
Isango Ensemble

The Magic Flute SMS

October 23

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 School Matinee season. This is an archived view.

School Matinée Series

This exuberant show retells one of Mozart's best-loved operas through South African folk tales, dance and music. Founded in 2000, Isango has won international acclaim for productions that re-imagine theater classics in a South African setting. In Impempe Yomlingo ("magic flute" in the South African language of Xhosa), Mozart's score is played by an orchestra of marimbas, and full-throated operatic arias are interspersed with vibrant South African dance. Fascinating parallels are found between the European story told by the 18th- century libretto and a traditional Tsonga tale. The two dozen cast members all sing, dance and play instruments in this joyous, fast-paced adaptation.

This performance is exclusively for registered schools and educators. If you are an educator, please log in to purchase tickets. Homeschoolers: register here.

“An exuberant fusion of 18th-century European and 21st-century African storytelling, music and rhythm.”

Washington Post

“A cast of twenty-three, costumed variously in modern camouflage, tribal tunics, and corseted black feathered gowns, gather as if in a village center to sing their story, in English and occasionally in Xhosa and Tswana.”

New Yorker

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