Mozart's The Magic Flute

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

This Saturday at 1 pm the Metropolitan Opera broadcast features Julie Taymor's production of Mozart's fairy tale opera The Magic Flute, recorded on October 6.

The cast features a bright rising star, soprano Pretty Yende, as the princess Pamina, opposite Toby Spence (Tamino), Markus Werba (Papageno), Ana Durlovski (the Queen of the Night) and bass René Pape as the high priest Sarastro. Maestro Adam Fischer conducts the opera, which is technically a singspiel – literally, “sing-play” in German, with spoken dialogue.

NOTE: Due to WQXR's winter fundraiser, today's on-air broadcast will be presented without the intermission features. However, you can still enjoy the full slate of features and artist interviews in one of two ways: the full broadcast will be presented on our Operavore stream at 1 pm – just click on the Operavore player tab at the top of his page. Additionally, you can listen to the intermission features below on this page:

Intermission Features:

South African soprano Pretty Yende on singing Pamina; British tenor Toby Spence on singing Tamino; and Austrian baritone Markus Werba as Papageno:

 

A Met Cameo with Principal Trumpeter David Krauss:

 

Comments [7]

LEE APT from UWS - NYC

ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN THE "CANNED" HOUR AND HOURS-LONG PLEAS FOR PLEDGES. PLEASE KEEP THE REAL PEOPLE ON TO PLEA. DON'T THESE PLEDGES GO TO PAY THEIR SALARIES IN ADDITION TO RUNNING THE STATION? WHY ARE THE LIVE ANNOUNCERS ON VACATION FOR PLEDGE TIME? THE SAME ANNOUNCER RECORDINGS ARE PLAYED OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I AM SURPRISED AT WQXR. VERY TACKY AND TERRIBLY MONOTONOUS.

Mar. 02 2015 04:26 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

I believe Miss Margaret has returned. This performance was from an earlier date.

Feb. 28 2015 02:19 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

What a very dull performance, thus far. Even Pappageno's sprightly Birdcatcher's Song fell flat.

Feb. 28 2015 01:51 PM

Well. Cherubino, it seems to be starting well; I am enjoying the sprightly conducting of the overture. I agree with Concetta regarding Ira Siff; I miss Margaret Juntwait, does anyone know why she has been out ill for so long?

Feb. 28 2015 01:16 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Agree with Cherubino. Ira and Margaret are too much with their gushing all over the place. Please put a cap on it.

Feb. 28 2015 07:23 AM
Cherubino from Deep in Dixie

Let's hope this performance is much better than last week's sad Don Giovanni. But I see that these patronizing, silly interviews ("Oh, you were so wonderful, dearie!") continue unabated. Boris Goldowski is turning in his grave.

Feb. 27 2015 11:47 AM
Susan from Western MA

Oh sob, where's the HD broadcast of this one; should have been reoffered this season. My five year old granddaughter LOVES this opera and we play the Met opera DVD every single week. She now sings along some of the time.

Feb. 27 2015 11:38 AM

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