The Magic Flute
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Robert Neu, stage director
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director
MOZART: The Magic Flute
Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
One of Mozart’s most popular operas, The Magic Flute is a fairy tale about love telling the story of Tamino and Papageno, a prince and bird catcher tasked by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the confinements of a mysterious high priest. Prepare yourself for an evening filled with magic, comedy and some of opera’s greatest arias!
|Queen of the Night||Kathryn Lewek|
|Three Ladies||Amy Shoremount-Obra
|Three Child Spirits||Members of Southern California Children’s Chorus|
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Mozart composed his penultimate opera, “The Magic Flute,” for the suburban theater troupe of Emanuel Schikaneder, the first Papageno. Incorporating both fairy tale and Masonic symbolism, the music ranges from folksy slapstick to uncannily supernatural, from charmingly childish to eloquently operatic, all of it enchanting.