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Oct 21 - 26, 2014

REVIEW-The Boston Globe

“takes the opera apart and reassembles it, creating a new vision entirely.”
“an ingenious mix of Mozart’s 1791 opera and contemporary African culture.”
“the ensemble work is the highlight of the evening”
“the performers boast powerful voices without the intrusion of microphones.”
“delightfully witty and full of invention”
“makes you want to get up and dance”
“Isango has created a global village, where cultures blend and joy unfolds.”

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REVIEW-Chicago Sun Times

"A brilliant, spirit-lifting, wildly inspired and wholly seamless fusion of European and African traditions."


"An explosion of joy from the townships of South Africa... noble and beautiful and tender and funny and touching and true... Exuberance invention and glorious ensemble singing... A sense of celebration and resilience, that seems to encapsulate the human spirit at its best."

REVIEW-The Washington Post

"You haven’t heard Mozart until he’s been played on marimbas”
"Infectious, pulsating performance”

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REVIEW-DC Theatre Scene

"The voices are electrifying”
"Pure loveliness”

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REVIEW-DC Metro Theatre Arts

"A continuous joyride"
"Euphoric one-of-a-kind experience"
"Vibrant storytelling"

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REVIEW-Broadway World

"Must-see theatre”
"Filled with a depth of sound and feeling that was infectious”
"A true ensemble”
"Perfect for any age”

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REVIEW-MD Theatre Guide

"Extraordinary and wonderful”
"The orchestra becomes the breath and life force of the production”
"Fluid choreography of dance, triumphant harmonies of voice and joyous instrumentations
"For lovers of opera or Mozart or theatre or music or South Africa, The Magic Flute is not to be missed”

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  • Location: Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
  • Created by: Isango Ensemble
  • Adapted and directed by: Mark Dornford-May
  • Music Arranged by: Pauline Malefane and Mandisi Dyantyis 
  • Presented by: Eric Abraham & ArtsEmerson 
  • With Special thanks to: South African Airways-Africa's Most Awarded Airline 
  • Series: Pioneer, Family 
  • Ages: All ages 
  • Running Time:  90 minutes with no intermission