The Magic Flute by Mozart @Metropolitan Opera, New York
December 19, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Now a holiday tradition, Julie Taymor’s beloved production of Mozart’s enchanting fairy tale returns in its abridged, English-language version for families. Soprano Erin Morley, last seen at the Met as a brilliant Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, is the empowered Pamina, and tenor Ben Bliss is the valiant Tamino. Baritone Nathan Gunn is the comic birdcatcher Papageno, and soprano Kathryn Lewek reprises her hair-raising rendition of the malevolent Queen of the Night. Harry Bicket conducts.
A sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism, The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte in the original German) was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score.
CONDUCTOR – Harry Bicket
PAMINA – Erin Morley / Sydney Mancasola
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT – Kathryn Lewek / So Young Park
TAMINO – Ben Bliss
MONOSTATOS – Brenton Ryan / Mark Schowalter
PAPAGENO – Nathan Gunn / Duncan Rock
SPEAKER – Alfred Walker
SARASTRO – Morris Robinson
SARASTRO – Peixin Chen
Sung in English