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The Magic Flute (Maureen McKay and Joshua Hopkins in Washington National Opera's 'The Magic Flute'; photo by Scott Suchman)

Washington National Opera: The Magic Flute

A love-struck prince sets out on a fantastic adventure to rescue the Queen of the Night's daughter in Mozart's final opera. This "zesty and imaginative new production" (San Francisco Chronicle) is certain to captivate audiences of all ages.

  • May 3 - 18, 2014
  • Opera House
  • Approx. 3 hours
  • $25.00 - $305.00
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's
The Magic Flute
(Die Zauberflöte)
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
New production
Co-production with San Francisco Opera Association, Opera Omaha, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Opera Carolina
 
A prince's quest leads to love at first sight--but to prove his worth in marriage, he must first survive trials of wisdom and devotion. Lost in a faraway land, young Tamino is enlisted by the Queen of the Night to rescue her lovely daughter Pamina from the hands of Sarastro, an evil sorcerer. With the aid of a magic flute and the bumbling, lovelorn Papageno by his side, Tamino sets out on a fantastic adventure filled with danger and temptation, culminating in one final test at a mystical temple.
 
Mozart's final opera, The Magic Flute is simultaneously a delightful fairy tale and a profound reflection on spiritual enlightenment. Sung in English--and featuring a colorful kaleidoscope of sets and costumes by Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko--it's also a perfect opera for the entire family. American director Harry Silverstein, whose The Marriage of Figaro wowed WNO audiences in 2010, directs an attractive young cast, many in their WNO debuts. Conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin, this "zesty and imaginative new production" (San Francisco Chronicle) is guaranteed to captivate audiences of all ages.
 
"A feast for the eyes, a feast for the ears… a masterpiece of conception and execution!"
--Opera Today

The Queen of the Night: Kathryn Lewek (5/3, 8, 11, 18), Anna Siminska (5/5, 7, 10, 15, 17)
Pamina: Eri Nakamura (5/5, 7, 10, 17), Maureen McKay (5/3, 8, 11, 15, 18)
Tamino: Joseph Kaiser (5/3, 8, 11, 15, 18), Paul Appleby (5/5, 7, 10, 17)
Papageno: Joshua Hopkins (5/3, 8, 11, 15, 18), David Pershall (5/5, 7, 10, 17)
Sarastro: Soloman Howard (5/3, 5, 7, 10), Jordan Bisch (5/8, 11, 15, 17, 18)

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance: Fri., May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Cast for this performance:
Shantelle Przybylo as Pamina; Kathryn Lewek as Queen of the Night; Patrick O'Halloran as Tamino; Norman Garrett as Papageno; Soloman Howard as Sarastro; Jacqueline Echols as 1st Lady; Sarah Mesko as 2nd Lady; Deborah Nansteel as 3rd Lady; John Easterlin as Monostatos; Ashley Emerson as Papagena; David Pittsinger as Speaker; James Shaffran as 1st Priest; Corey Evan Rotz as 2nd Priest; Yi Li as 1st Armed Man; Wei Wu as 2nd Armed Man. 

Conductor: Philippe Auguin
Director: Harry Silverstein
Lighting Designer: Paul Pyant
Set & Costume Designer: Jun Kaneko
Adaptation: Kelley Rourke
Choreographer: Karma Camp

Performed in English with projected English titles. Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.

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COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
Musicologist Saul Lilienstein leads the Thursday, May 8 Opera Insight, starting 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights start 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes.Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of The Magic Flute.
--May 3 at 6 p.m.: Kelley Rourke (Adaptation), interviewed by Andrew Jorgensen
--May 5 at 6 p.m.: Paul Taylor (Technical Director), interviewed by Andrew Jorgensen
--May 7 at 6:30 p.m.: Michael Heaston
--May 8 at 6:15 p.m.: Saul Lilienstein
--May 10 at 6 p.m.: Ken Weiss
--May 11 at 1 p.m.: Philippe Auguin (Conductor/WNO Music Director), interviewed by Andrew Jorgensen
--May 15 at 6:30 p.m.: Ken Weiss
--May 16 at 6:30 p.m.: Michael Heaston
--May 17 at 6 p.m.: Soloman Howard (Sarastro), interviewed by Andrew Jorgensen
--May 18 at 1 p.m.: Garnett Bruce (Associate Director), interviewed by Andrew Jorgensen

STAY AFTER FOR A FREE ARTIST Q&A ON THE MAGIC FLUTE
Following these performances:
Monday evening, May 5
Sunday matinees, May 11 & 18
Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.



FREE JUN KANEKO EXHIBITION
Apr. 9–May 19 in the Hall of Nations, 10 a.m. until closing
Experience more of Kaneko's artistry in this exhibition of ceramic sculptures from his series of HEADS, Dangos, and Tanuki.

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Performance Timing: Act I - 74 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 89 min. (Approx. 3 hours)

Watch and Listen

WNO Commentary: The Magic Flute 1 of 8: Overture and Introduction (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on The Magic Flute, featuring insights about the music and history. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: The Magic Flute 2 of 8: A Bird-catcher and the Star-flaming Queen (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on The Magic Flute, featuring insights about the music and history. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: The Magic Flute 3 of 8: Instruments of magic for a mission of rescue (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on The Magic Flute, featuring insights about the music and history. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: The Magic Flute 4 of 8: Act One Finale (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on The Magic Flute, featuring insights about the music and history. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: The Magic Flute 5 of 8: The Singspiel, popular art, and Schikaneder (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on The Magic Flute, featuring insights about the music and history. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: The Magic Flute 6 of 8: Nobility, coloratura madness, lyric pathos, an magic (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on The Magic Flute, featuring insights about the music and history. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: The Magic Flute 7 of 8: The trials of fire and water (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on The Magic Flute, featuring insights about the music and history. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: The Magic Flute 8 of 8: The triumph of reason and virtue (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on The Magic Flute, featuring insights about the music and history. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
M&M’S Opera in the Outfield Trailer

Washington National Opera presents a free simulcast of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Sat., May 3, 2014 at Nationals Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. for pre-show entertainment and activities.
The Magic Flute Trailer

Washington National Opera presents Mozart’s delightful opera in a colorful production designed by artist Jun Kaneko, May 3-18, 2014 in the Kennedy Center Opera House.
All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

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