The Magic Flute

Impempe Yomlingo

September 25 - 28, 2014

at Skyline Stage (right next door to CST)

adapted and directed by Mark Dornford-May
words and music by Mandisi Dyantyis,
Mbali Kgosidintsi, Pauline Malefane,
Nolufefe Mtshabe

Highly recommended... a rare and exhilarating experience that should not be missed

Chicago Sun-Times

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The Play

South Africa's Isango Ensemble has mesmerized audiences worldwide, unearthing fresh, new context from Western classics. This acclaimed production effortlessly relocates Mozart's magical, mysterious kingdom to a contemporary township, encompassing various African languages. With a score faithfully transposed for an orchestra of marimbas, drums and percussion, thirty actors and musicians fill the stage with sheer exuberance, celebrating the spirit of contemporary Africa. London's The Times declared it "leaves you with a rare sense of life-enhancing joy."



Video: Preview of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo)”

Gallery: The Magic Flute

Audio: Excerpt: Queen of the Night Aria


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The Story

Act-by-act synopsis of this vibrant, new interpretation of Mozart's most beloved operatic work.
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Director's Note

Mark Dornford-May finds inspiration in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and a traditional African tale.
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Critical Acclaim

Read what critics had to say about this Olivier Award-winning production that took London by storm.
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The Players

Creative Team

Mark Dornford-May Adapter and Director

Pauline Malefane Music Arranger

Mandisi Dyantyis Music Arranger

Lungelo Ngamlana Choreographer

Leigh Bishop Costume Designer

Mannie Manim Lighting Designer

John Page Production Manager

Maris Sharp Company Manager

Sandile Mgugunyeka Stage Manager

Valencia Mgugunyeka Stage Manager


Noluthando Boqwana Spirit

Mandisi Dyantyis Conductor

Thobile Dyasi Monostatos

Ayanda Eleki Sarastro

Zamile Gantana Papgeno

Nontsusa Louw Lady 1 /Papagena

Sifiso Lupuzi Armed Man

Pauline Malefane Queen of the Night

Bongiwe Mapassa Pamina

Zanele Mbatha Company

Siyasanga Mbuyazwe Queen of the Night / Papagena

Sinethemba Mdena Monostatos

Zebulon Mmusi Priest

Mhlekazi (Wha Wha) Mosiea Tamino

Zoleka Mpotsha Spirit

Siyanda Ncobo Lady 3

Cikizwa Ndamase Lady2

Zolina Ngejane Pamina

Busisiwe Ngejane Spirit

Sonwabo Ntshata tamino

Tukela Pepeteka Armed man

Luvo Rasemeni Papageno

Masakane Sotayisi Company

Ayanda Tikolo Sarastro

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