Met Opera: The Magic Flute
Nathan Gunn as Papageno in Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.
The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Now a holiday tradition, Mozart’s enchanting fairy tale returns in its abridged, English-language version for families.
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 opera's diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted.
Soprano Erin Morley 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.
CONDUCTOR: Harry Bicket
PAMINA: Erin Morley
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT: Kathryn Lewek
TAMINO: Ben Bliss
MONOSTATOS: Brenton Ryan
PAPAGENO: Nathan Gunn
SPEAKER: Alfred Walker
SARASTRO: Morris Robinson
Start time: 10:00am on Capital Public Radio December 29.
Approximate running time 1 hrs 42 min
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