The Magic Flute
- Saturday MARCH 5 7:30 PM
- Sunday MARCH 6 2:00 PM
The Magic Flute
Leadership funding provided by Nix and Virginia Lauridsen/Lauridsen Family Foundation
Prepare to be astonished as Mozart meets the movies in this inventive and dazzling celebration of true love conquering all. This charming interpretation of Mozart’s most famous opera puts the singers in front of a huge screen, interacting in real time with animations projected all around them, creating the impression that gigantic comic, cartoons, and folk art is coming to life right before your eyes! The fable centers around noble Prince Tamino and bird catcher Papageno’s quest to rescue Pamina, the Queen of the Night’s daughter. During their journey the two are tested as they overcome evil to discover the truth. Watch the trailer >
Tickets range from $25-$125. To order, click the link below or call 515-246-2300.
Whilst unmistakably classical, The Magic Flute's arias, duets and ensembles are each unique in style. As well as painting a vivid picture of each character, the music reflects the skills and abilities of the original performers back in 1791.
The rustic character of Papageno has folksong-like arias built of simple melodies, whilst Sarastro's music is deep, stately and almost hymn-like, reflecting his character as a spiritual leader. The lyrical arias of Tamino are more romantic in style (as befitting a prince) and look forward to the Italian bel canto era, while the music for the Armed Men harks back to the more regimented baroque era with its use of fugues.
Most famously, the Queen of the Night's Act II aria, sung in rage as she orders daughter Pamina to kill Sarastro, is full of virtuosic vocal fireworks and peppered with rare high Fs. The role was written especially for Mozart’s sister-in-law, who had a stratospheric range!