King’s Rochester Preparatory School pupil Edward Hyde has drawn high praise for his performance in Die Zauberflöte
Edward features as Boy 1 in this new production of the Mozart classic, playing at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
If performing live to a sold out audience each evening wasn’t daunting enough, the performance on Wednesday 20th September was broadcast live to 1,082 cinemas across 31 different countries. A phenomenal showcase for the Year 9 pupil who’s casting in the production culminated his time as BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2016.
Below are just some of the outstanding reviews Edward and his team of ‘spirits’ have received.
Peter Bronder is outstanding, both vocally and dramatically, as Monastatos, while Mika Kares makes an excellent Royal Opera debut as Sarastro, revealing a firm voice in which his deepest bass notes are particularly impressive, and a strong noble presence. The three Child-spirits, Edward Hyde, Aidan Cole and Gaius Davey Bartlett, produce some immensely accomplished singing, while Sabine Devieilhe, also making her Royal Opera debut, is a revelation as the Queen of the Night. Elegant of bearing, she has immense allure and her performance of ‘Der Hölle Rache’ reveals cleanness, subtlety and accuracy as she demonstrates beautiful coloratura and impeccable phrasing. Julia Jones, who also conducted the 2013 revival, is strong in the pit, achieving lithe, thoughtfully paced and extremely well balanced playing from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
The magnificent un-PC-ness of the libretto still packs its punch ‘Without a man, a woman cannot fulfil her destiny’, but this is more than offset by the charmingly ludicrous humour and luminous paeans to Enlightenment values threaded through the score. These are embodied by fine Finnish bass Mika Kares as Sarastro, and the three piercingly sweet-toned boys who guide the young lovers through their travails. Mauro Peter makes a regal Tamino, Siobhan Stagg a suitably vulnerable Pamina, while Roderick Williams gives his comic all to Papagano, and Sabine Deveilhe negotiates the Queen of the Night’s stratospheric switchbacks with consummate skill.