Mozart's The Magic Flute

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

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.


Comments [5]

larry eisenberg from new york

No greater joy
To this old boy,
Than Mozart & excellent voices,
The Magic Flute
Always bears fruit,
And my listening heart rejoices!

Dec. 11 2010 08:32 PM
Marianne from San Francisco, CA

Yes - please edit the posting with the names of the singers playing Pamina and Papagena. This is a very nice production! Enjoying it very much.

Dec. 11 2010 02:12 PM
Ruth Shoenthal

Nancy --
It's usually under "Up Next" on the right. You can find it there even at 9:00am but only on Saturday. Also if you pull down the program list and click on Saturday at the opera, you should find it there.

Dec. 11 2010 02:00 PM
Nancy Schuster

I find this Web site impossible to use easily. This morning I searched all over it to find out what was playing on this opera station at 1 PM, and it was not listed anywhere.
I believe you need another complete overhaul of this site!

Dec. 11 2010 01:14 PM
Ruth Shoenthal

And who is singing Pamina? Is naming the 3 ladies more important than noting the main character? And who is sing Papagena?

Dec. 11 2010 10:21 AM

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