Monday, January 12, 2015

Video Clips Of The South African Prodution of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" (Impempe Yomlingo)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides showcases seven video clips of the production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" by the South African production company Isango Ensemble. Information about this production is also provided in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Isango Ensemble for this production. Thanks also to those who are quoted in this post and those who published the featured videos on YouTube.

"The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo) is a musical theatre work adapted from the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart opera of the same title by Mark Dornford-May, with words and music by Mandisi Dyantyis, Mbali Kgosidintsi, Pauline Malefane and Nolufefe Mtshabe. Mozart’s score is transposed for an orchestra of marimbas, drums and township percussion. The musical, set in contemporary South Africa, re-interprets the story from a South African perspective, telling of Prince Tamino's quest to rescue Pamina (both of them are Xhosa-speaking teenagers), daughter of the Queen of the Night, from the Priest of the Sun.

The musical premiered in 2007 at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, before beginning a tour to the United Kingdom. The production opened at the Young Vic Theatre in London over the festive season, 2007. The cast performed The Magic Flute and an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol on alternate days for a nine-week run. The production won the Whatsonstage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Off-West End Production. Its success led to a transfer to the Duke of York's Theatre for a further run until 19 April, 2008. The musical won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival in 2008.[1]...

These examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.

Example #1: The Magic Flute - Impempe Yomlingo

Young Vic theatre, Uploaded on May 31, 2007

This Christmas the Young Vic presents the greatest piece of music theatre performed as you've never heard it before - the South African way - thirty singers, marimbas, drums and township percussion.

Example #2: Laflûte enchantée 2 : Quand l'Afrique revisite Mozart !

cap24parisUploaded on Oct 15, 2009

Plus sur .

Quand l'Afrique revisite les plus grands airs de Mozart à coups de Marimbas, ça donne "La flûte enchantée 2 " ("impempe Yomlign") par la Isango Portobello Company. A ne pas manquer au théâtre du Châtelet, du 8 au 18 octobre. (Droits réservés. Pour toute exploitation commerciale, veuillez contacter

From Google translate French to English:
"When Africa revisits the greatest Mozart arias with blows of Marimbas, it gives "The Magic Flute 2" ("impempe Yomlign") by the Isango Portobello Company. Do not miss the Théâtre du Châtelet, from 8 to 18 October. (Rights Reserved. For commercial use, please contact"

Example #3: The Magic Flute - Impempe Yomlingo


isangojohn, Uploaded on Dec 20, 2010

Isango Ensemble's multi award-winning, The Magic Flute - Impempe Yomlingo

Example #4: Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE Impempe Yomlingo

ravennafestival, Uploaded on Dec 21, 2010

Dal 30 giugno al 3 luglio
Teatro Alighieri, ore 21
Mark Dornford-May adattamento e regia

Example #5: Die Zauberflöte - Impempe Yomlingo [The Magic Flute]

Koeln, Uploaded on Jun 24, 2011

Eines der größten Meisterwerke des klassischen Musiktheaters eröffnet 2011 das Kölner Sommerfestival: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts „Zauberflöte", in einer Produktion mit dem südafrikanischen Isango Ensemble. Die "Zauberflöte" ist vom 15. bis 20. Juli in der Philharmonie zu sehen.

Google translate from German to English:
"One of the greatest masterpieces of classical music theater opened in 2011, the Cologne Summer Festival: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Magic Flute" in a production with the South African Isango Ensemble The "Magic Flute" can be seen from 15 to 20 July in the Philharmonic Hall..

Example #6: FESTIVAL TV: The Magic Flute - Impempe Yomlingo

stvdiochannel Uploaded on Oct 14, 2011

Filmed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2011, the world-famous Isango Ensemble stage a stunning contemporary South African music-theatre adaptation of Mozart's greatest operatic work with an explosion of choral song, marimbas, drums and township-style.

Example #7: Preview of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo)”

chicagoshakes2009 Published on Aug 8, 2014

London’s Telegraph calls South Africa's Isango Ensemble artistry “an explosion of joy from the townships of South Africa… noble and beautiful and tender and funny and touching and true… a sense of celebration and resilience, that seems to encapsulate the human spirit at its best.” This Olivier Award-winning production effortlessly relocates Mozart's magical, mysterious kingdom to a contemporary township, encompassing various African languages. A Chicago Shakespeare Theater World’s Stage presentation at Skyline Stage on Navy Pier, September 25–28, 2014.

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