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Peter Stein’s Die Zauberflöte from La Scala is laudable for highlighting the skills of students from the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, but one imagines he merely jotted down a few ideas on the back of a fag packet when planning the staging: a pyramid here, some hieroglyphics there, Sarastro & Co vaguely Druidical, a nod to some 18th century costumes, hideously glaring lighting. It’s not a treat for the eye. The ear is more entertained as Ádám Fischer steers his young singers and players through the pitfalls. Everyone’s good, but I’d put my money on Martin Piskorksi (Tamino) going places, as well as Martin Summer (Sarastro) once his smooth bass gains more depth. Fatma Said’s Pamina mixes radiance with pitchiness, so let us hope she gravitates to the former quality.

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