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Mozart's colorful classic

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Overview

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

COLORFUL FANTASY. Mozart’s utterly unique extravaganza blends myth, magic, and a remarkable variety of wonderful music to deliver its life-affirming message: love conquers all. A handsome prince and his comical sidekick are given enchanted musical instruments and tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night’s daughter from a mysterious group of priests. Undergoing trials of virtue, discretion, and charity, they realize that all may not be as it seems in this magical land. Award-winning costumes from the fabulous Zandra Rhodes (The Pearl Fishers) add to the many delights of one of the most fantastic entertainments ever created. 

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The Magic Flute, Seattle Opera 2011. Copyright Rozarii Lynch.

In German with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall 
Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, with 1 intermission
Evenings at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.

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Synopsis

Long Story Short

A distressed queen sends a prince (and his sidekick) off to rescue a kidnapped princess. But then the twist: the queen was lying. Instead of returning to the queen, the prince and princess embark on a journey toward truth and light.

Who’s Who?

Tamino is a handsome young prince.
Papageno is a good-natured birdcatcher who travels with Tamino.
Papagena is a pretty girl who likes Papageno.
Sarastro is a wise wizard and the benevolent ruler of a holy brotherhood.
The Queen of the Night is Pamina’s mother and Sarastro’s enemy.
Pamina is a beautiful princess and the Queen of the Night’s daughter. When the opera begins, she is a prisoner in Sarastro’s temple.
Monostatos is a temple guard in Sarastro’s community. He has the hots for Pamina.
The Three Ladies are servants of the Queen of the Night.
The Three Boys are spirits who guide Tamino and Papageno.

In the land where fairy-tales take place, a dragon is chasing young Prince Tamino. Three ladies kill the monster, then show the prince a picture of Pamina, the Queen of the Night’s daughter. He falls madly in love, and the Queen asks him to rescue Pamina, who has been kidnapped by the wicked Sarastro. The birdcatcher Papageno is enlisted as Tamino’s sidekick; Tamino is entrusted with a magic flute and Papageno with a set of magic bells.

Our heroes make it to Sarastro’s citadel, where Papageno protects Pamina from Monostatos, an amorous guard, while a wise priest explains to Tamino that the Queen is really the evil one: Sarastro kidnapped Pamina to rescue her from her mother’s evil influence. Tamino and Pamina undertake the series of tests and trials which will grant them entrance to Sarastro’s community. Monostatos, too, switches sides when the Queen of the Night offers him Pamina in exchange for betraying Sarastro. And Papageno fails all Sarastro’s tests, but runs off with the girl of his dreams.

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What myths, secret societies, and politics shaped Mozart’s most beloved opera? What musical tricks make up this masterpiece? How much music did Mozart write in his lifetime? Learn more about the music and history of The Magic Flute in our in-depth, multimedia Spotlight Guide.

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Cast

Andrew Stenson

Tamino

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Tamino, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Rochester, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2010/11, 2011/12
Seattle Opera Debut: Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10)
Previously at Seattle Opera:
Tonio, The Daughter of the Regiment (’13);Orphée, Orphée et Eurydice (’12); Remendado, Carmen (’11)
Recently: Frederic, The Pirates of Penzance (Palm Beach Opera); Candide, Candide (Opera national de Bordeaux); Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Fort Worth Opera)
Upcoming: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne); Ernesto, Margherita (Wexford Festival Opera)

Last Updated: April 2017

Andrew Stenson

Tamino

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Randall Bills

Tamino

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Tamino, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Fresno, California
Seattle Opera Debut: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (’14)
Recently: Tamino, The Magic Flute (New Zealand Opera); Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola (Theater Chemnitz); Léopold, La juive (Nationaltheater Mannheim)
Upcoming: Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Theater Wielki Poznań)

Last updated: April 2017

Randall Bills

Tamino

May 7, 10, 14, 19, & 21

Lauren Snouffer

Pamina

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Countess Adèle, Count Ory and Pamina, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Seattle Opera Debut: Countess Adèle, Count Ory (’16)
Recently: Héro, Beatrice et Bénédict (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse); Tusnelda, Arminio (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe); Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel (Houston Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Agnès, Written on Skin (Opera Philadelphia); Amour, Orphée et Eurydice (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Lulu, Lulu (Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile)

Last updated: April 2017

Lauren Snouffer

Pamina

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Amanda Forsythe

Pamina

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Pamina,The Magic Flute

Hometown: Boston, MA
Seattle Opera Debut: Iris, Semele ('15) 
Recently: Marzelline, Fidelio (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia); Amore, Orfeo ed Euridice (Opera Royal de Versailles; Royal Opera Covent Garden); Mozart Mass in C Minor (Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists)
Upcoming: Serpina, La serva padrona and Isabelle, Le carnaval de Venise (Boston Early Music Festival); Iole, Hercules (Handel & Haydn Society)

Last updated: April 2017

Amanda Forsythe

Pamina

May 7, 10, 14, 19, & 21

John Moore

Papageno

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Papageno, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Figaro, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Milford (Okobosi), IA
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro ('16) 
Recently: Jan, Breaking the Waves (Opera Philadelphia); Adario, Les Indes galantes (Bayerische Staatsoper); Moralès, Carmen (Metropolitan Opera)
Upcoming: Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Japan); Pa, Proving Up, world premiere (Omaha Opera); Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: April 2017 

John Moore

Papageno

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Craig Verm

Papageno

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Papageno, The Magic Flute 
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, and Claudio, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Houston, TX
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Ping, Turandot (Pittsburgh Opera);Count, Capriccio (Santa Fe Opera); Belcore, L'elisir d'amore (Opera Philadelphia)
Upcoming: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, and Claudio, Beatrice and Benedict (Seattle Opera); Billy Budd, Billy Budd (Des Moines Metro Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

Craig Verm

Papageno

Seattle Opera Debut
May 7, 10, 14, 19, & 21

Christina Poulitsi

Queen of the Night

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Dresden, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Gilda, Rigoletto (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino); Le Rossignol, Le Rossignol (Stresa Festival); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Deutsche Oper Berlin) 
Upcoming: Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucia di Lammermoor (Royal Opera Covent Garden/Athens); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Bolshoi Theatre)

Last updated: April 2017

Christina Poulitsi

Queen of the Night

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Ante Jerkunica

Sarastro

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Sarastro, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Split, Croatia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Sparafucile, Rigoletto (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Landgraf Hermann, Tannhäuser (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Sarastro, The Magic Flute (Opera Vlaanderen)
Upcoming: Pimen, Boris Godunov (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Vodnik, Rusalka (Teatro Colón); Khovanski, Kovanshchina (BBC Proms)

Last updated: April 2017

Ante Jerkunica

Sarastro

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Rodell Rosel

Monostatos

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Monostatos, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Goro, Madame Butterfly

Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: First Jew, Salome, and Spalanzani, The Tales of Hoffmann (Los Angeles Opera); Mime, Das Rheingold (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: Tanzmeister, Ariadne auf Naxos (Kentucky Opera); Njegus, The Merry Widow (Florentine Opera); Pang, Turandot (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Last updated: April 2017

Rodell Rosel

Monostatos

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Amanda Opuszynski

Papagena

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Sandman/Dew Fairy, Hansel and Gretel; Papagena, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Manchester, CT
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2010/11, 2011/12
Seattle Opera Debut: Frasquita, Carmen (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Sandman/Dew Fairy, Hansel and Gretel (’16); Barbarina, The Marriage of Figaro (’16); Naiad, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15)
Recently: Bess Erne, Riders of the Purple Sage (Arizona Opera); Micäela, Carmen (St. Petersburg Opera); Musetta, La bohème (South Dakota Symphony) 
Upcoming:  Soprano Soloist, Handel’s Messiah (Seattle Symphony Orchestra)

Last updated: April 2017

Amanda Opuszynski

Papagena

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Jacqueline Piccolino

First Lady

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: First Lady, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: First Lady, The Magic Flute;Lady Madeline, La chute de la maison Usher; Clotilde, Norma (San Francisco Opera)
Upcoming: Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Johnstown Symphony Orchestra)

Last updated: April 2017

Jacqueline Piccolino

First Lady

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Nian Wang

Second Lady

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Second Lady, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Nanjing, China
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Ascanius, Les Troyens; Tebaldo, Don Carlos; and  Second Lady, The Magic Flute  (San Francisco Opera)
Upcoming: Siebel, Faust (St. Petersburg Opera Company)

Last updated: April 2017

Nian Wang

Second Lady

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Jenni Bank

Third Lady

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Third Lady, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2009/10
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd (Tri-Cities Opera); Fridaus Norman, Shalimar the Clown, world premiere (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Ruth, Pirates of Penzance (Knoxville Opera) 
Upcoming: Unsuk Chin's Scenes from Alice in Wonderland (Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra); Marquise, The Daughter of the Regiment (Hawaii Opera Theatre); Third Lady, The Magic Flute (Florentine Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

Jenni Bank

Third Lady

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Adam Lau

Speaker

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Speaker, The Magic Flute

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Papa, Makoto Kobayashi, An American Dream (’15)
Recently: Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Messiah (Oratorio Society of New York, Carnegie Hall); Mephistopheles, The Damnation of Faust (The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic)
Upcoming: King Creon, Medea (Wexford Festival Opera); Bass soloist, Mozart Requiem (San Diego Symphony); Don Basilio, The Barber of Seville (Kentucky Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

Adam Lau

Speaker

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Eric Neuville

First Priest

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: A Nobleman, Count Ory; Gastone, La traviata; Testo, The Combat; and First Priest, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Messenger, Aida

Hometown: Waupaca, WI
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2009/10, 2010/11
Seattle Opera Debut: Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Testo, The Combat (’17); Gastone, La traviata (’17); A Nobleman, Count Ory (’16)
Recently: Young Thompson, Glory Denied (Nashville Opera); Mozart's Requiem (Seattle Symphony); Kippling Passion, world premiere (Choral Arts NW)
Upcoming: Pedrillo, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Madison Opera); Bernstein’s Mass (Austin Symphony); Messenger, Aida (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

Eric Neuville

First Priest

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Ryan Bede

Second Priest

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17:  Second Priest, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Prince Yamadori, Madame Butterfly, and Fiorello, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Tacoma, WA 
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Moralès/Le Dancaïre, Carmen (Pacific Northwest Opera); Father, Hansel and Gretel (Seattle Opera Previews); Papageno, The Magic Flute (Opera Idaho)
Upcoming: Bass soloist, Mozart Requiem (Sofia, Bulgaria); Prince Yamadori, Madame Butterfly, and Fiorello, The Barber of Seville (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

 

Ryan Bede

Second Priest

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Frederick Ballentine

First Armored Man

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17:  Armored Man, The Magic Flute

Seattle Opera Debut
Hometown: Norfolk, VA
Recently: T. Morris Chester, Appomattox (Washington National Opera); Count Almaviva, The Ghosts of Versailles (Wolf Trap Opera); Pang, Turandot (Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela)
Upcoming: Sportin’ Life, Porgy and Bess (Glimmerglass Festival)

Last updated: April 2017

Frederick Ballentine

First Armored Man

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Jonathan Silvia

Second Armored Man

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Second Armored Man, The Magic Flute  
At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Imperial Commissioner, Madame Butterfly

Hometown: Kirkland, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: First Villager, Pagliacci (’08) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Marquis D'Obigny, La traviata (’17); High Priest of Baal, Nabucco (’15); Luther, The Tales of Hoffmann (’14)
Recently: Leporello, Don Giovanni and Zuniga, Carmen (Pacific Northwest Opera); Oroveso, Norma (Skagit Opera)
Upcoming: Imperial Commissioner, Madame Butterfly (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

Jonathan Silvia

Second Armored Man

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

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Creative Team

Chris Alexander

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Magic Flute

Hometown: Provo, UT
Seattle Opera Debut: Boris Godunov (’00)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos  (’15); Don Giovanni (’14); The Tales of Hoffmann  (’14)
Recently: Peter Grimes (Indiana University Opera); La bohème (Staatsoper Hannover); The Abduction from the Seraglio (Atlanta Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

Chris Alexander

Director

Julia Jones

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Magic Flute

Hometown: Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, U.K.
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Don Giovanni (Nederlandse Reisopera); The Elixir of Love (Opéra national du Rhin); Falstaff (Oper Frankfurt)
Upcoming: The Magic Flute (Royal Opera Covent Garden); La traviata (Den Norske Opera, Oslo); engagements at Oper Wuppertal

Last updated: April 2017

Julia Jones

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Robert A. Dahlstrom

Co-Set Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Magic Flute

Hometown: Billings, MT
Seattle Opera Debut: The Ballad of Baby Doe (’84)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Don Giovanni (’14); The Tales of Hoffmann (’14)
Recently: Fidelio (Cincinnati Opera); Bloomsday (ACT Theatre)
Upcoming: Beatrice and Benedict (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

Robert A. Dahlstrom

Co-Set Designer

Robert Schaub

Co-Set Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Magic Flute

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: The Magic Flute (’11)
Robert Schaub was Seattle Opera’s Technical Director for more than 25 years. He played a key role in the development and realization of designs for McCaw Hall. Schaub received a 2001 Eddy (Entertainment Design) award for his work on Seattle Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, and he designed the sets for Nabucco and An American Dream during the summer of 2015.

Last updated: March 2017

Robert Schaub

Co-Set Designer

Zandra Rhodes

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Magic Flute 

Hometown: Chatham, UK
Seattle Opera DebutThe Magic Flute (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Pearl Fishers (’15)
Zandra Rhodes made her name in the fashion industry prior to delving into costume design for opera. In 1977 she pioneered the pink and black jersey collection with holes and safety pins that earned her the name of “Princess of Punk,” and in 1997 she was made a Commander of the British Empire in recognition of her contribution to fashion and textiles. Her designs for The Magic Flute, The Pearl Fishers, and Aida have been produced around the world. 

Last updated: April 2017

Zandra Rhodes

Costume Designer

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory and The Magic Flute

Hometown: Elkhart Lake, WI
Seattle Opera Debut: Norma (’94)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Count Ory (’16); The Marriage of Figaro (’16); Nabucco (’15) 
Recently: Beatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne); Don Pasquale (San Francisco Opera); Norma (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: Die Fledermaus (Santa Fe Opera); Faust (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Cendrillon (Metropolitan Opera)

Last Updated: April 2017

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

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