Andy Smith on Charlotte Arts & Culture
Jan 2, 2013
Event Notice: Opera Carolina takes on The Magic Flute
Opera Carolina will perform Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute on January 19, 24 and 27. This re-creation of an enduring masterpiece is a vibrant fusion of fantastically colorful staging, captivating music and magnetic star power.
A collaboration with San Francisco Opera and Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center, Opera Carolina’s the production features stage and costume design by famed visual artist Jun Kaneko. The Magic Flute’s powerhouse cast features lyric soprano Yunah Lee (Pamina) who returns after last year’s triumphant performance in Opera Carolina's production of Kaneko's much-admired Madama Butterfly, American tenor Shawn Mathey in his signature role, Prince Tamino, and Metropolitan Opera baritone Kyle Pfortmiller as everyone’s favorite bird-man, Papageno. They are joined by Beijing Opera bass-baritone Sun Yu (Sarastro) and the exciting Cuban American soprano Maria Aleida (Queen of the Night).
Kaneko’s designs create a magical landscape for Mozart’s allegorical tale of good and evil, and the human desire for love, wisdom and virtue. Playful, and yet filled with symbolism and ritual, the opera features some of Mozart’s best-loved music. The new production debuted this past summer in San Francisco, earning applause from the San Francisco Chronicle for its “explosively colorful stage design, which combines projected animations with vivid costumes.”
“We are thrilled to bring another stand-out Kaneko production to the Charlotte region,” said James Meena, general director and principal conductor of Opera Carolina.
Entertaining opera audiences for more than two centuries, The Magic Flute follows the journey of the handsome Prince Tamino as he seeks to win the hand of the beautiful Pamina by earning wisdom and knowledge in the Temple of the priest Sarastro. Armed with his Magic Flute, Tamino and his traveling companion Papageno endure trials of truth and wisdom as they search for true and lasting love.
The Magic Flute will be performed on January 19, 24 and 27 at the Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. A 25 percent discount is available for season ticket holders, a 50 percent Youth Discount, plus $10 Student Rush tickets and various group discounts. For single ticket information, call 704.372.1000 or visit www.operacarolina.org
The 2012-2013 Season is underwritten by a sponsorship from Wells Fargo Private Bank. The performance presenting sponsor for The Magic Flute is Time Warner Cable.
Opera Carolina’s production of The Magic Flute is directed by Garrett Bruce and conducted by James Meena, general director and principal conductor of Opera Carolina. The Magic Flute will be performed in English.