In 2006 the Metropolitan Opera started an annual tradition, a new way for families to celebrate the season: a holiday matinee series. The opera they selected was Mozart’s The Magic Flute – so they created an abridged version of Julie Taymor’s recent production, sung in English. It’s been a huge hit with audiences of all ages. And today, we’re bringing this encore to you as a sneak preview to the 80th season of live Met broadcasts which starts next Saturday.
This imaginative and fanciful Met production is by director Julie Taymor, and the English-language libretto was created by J. D. McClatchy. The cast includes Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Wendy Bryn Harmer as the First Lady, Kate Lindsey as the Second Lady, Tamara Mumford as the Third Lady, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, and Erika Miklósa as Queen of the Night. James Levine conducts.
This performance was originally broadcast live over The Toll Brothers – Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network on December 30, 2006.