I was delighted to return to St Andrews in October 2016 to perform as Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with St Andrews Voices. The Festival runs every October in the town to celebrate vocal music of all genres and always receives brilliant reviews. 2016 marked its 5th anniversary: a very special occasion.
This production of Flute used Alexander von Zemlinksy’s arrangement for two pianos and was performed in English, with most scenes of dialogue replaced with a specially-commissioned narration by Scottish author Janice Galloway. Damian Thantrey directed, with accompaniment provided by Tony Kraus and Philip Voldman.
Scenes were met with laughter and sighs from the audience and it was wonderful to see so many children and young people in the seats – all of whom seemed to be having a brilliant time. I relished the opportunity to hobble onto stage as an old lady, only to shake off my raincoat and perform one of my favourite Mozart duets!
Having taken part in the Festival as a final-year undergraduate, it was a great pleasure to return as an alumna and I look forward to hearing all about what the St Andrews Voices of 2017 has in store. Many thanks to the fabulous audience that came to see us perform – and to all those who work hard to ensure the Festival is such a success!