From boy to birdman

Tonight I’m making my debut with one of my most important roles to date: Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). It’s not, however, my first ‘Flute’. This was the opera which actually got me into opera. Back when I was 13, before my voice changed, my singing teacher was directing a production of ‘Flute’ at USQ in Toowoomba, and I was cast as one of the three Knaben (boys) who periodically appear to give wise advice to the heroes. I’m certainly not the first Papageno to have first been a Knaben! Incidentally, it will also be the 90th performance of this particular production. (See more photos from the Karlsruhe production here)

As Papageno (photo by Felix Grünschloß)
As the 3. Knabe in 1996 (Photo by Don Hildred)
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