Mozart's The Magic Flute in The Greene Space

Friday, October 25, 2013

Join WQXR on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm for two special family presentations of the beloved classic The Magic Flute, performed by the Amore Opera. 

Designed especially for children ages 4-12, and just 90 minutes long, the fantastical fairy-tale opera about bird catchers, princes and enchanted instruments will be sung in an English translation with narration set to piano.

With lush costumes and colorful backdrops, The Magic Flute at The Greene Space is intended to introduce children to Mozart and opera. Hosting the performance is WNYC’s Manoush Zomorodi.

The performances were sold out but you can watch the archived 11:30 am show on the player below:




Director and Narrator – Nathan Hull
Conductor – Richard Owen
Pianist – Cathy Miller
Set Designer – Richard Cerullo
Costume Designer – Iris Karlin
Stage Manager - Kali Carys
Assistant Stage Manager - Kasey Burgess


CAST (in order of appearance)

Maj. Tamino Prince - Steven Tompkins

The Three Ladies - Hillary Esqueda, Sara J. Dougherty, and Sarah Plata

Papageno - Jonathan Powers

The Queen of the Night - Mary Thorne

The Three Spirits - Richard Owen III, GianMarco Cergnul Scotti, and Christopher Owen

Monostatos - Mark Donato

Pamina - Barbara Paterson

Sarastro - Duncan Hartman

1st Priest - Thomas Geib

2nd Priest - Robert Dewar

Papagena - Seanna Burke


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Comments [4]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

I speak 12 languages and so I still prefer to hear any work, be it pop songs, folk songs, lieder, oratorio or opera with the music composed to the the exact words intended by the composer. Being an opera composer, a singer with rep in ALL of the above-mentioned formats and a teacher of voice and one who trains actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big voiced singers in all the Wagner roles, I KNOW that the color of the words, their lilt and the accent and other factors that alter the musical configuration when translations are surrogated for the original words do indeed "pollute the waters." I speak from many years of having sung in world or American premieres of operas translated into English, with especially fine adaptations, that the composer's best efforts were not achieved, although many in the audience may have felt adequately served by the translation.;

Jan. 04 2014 06:01 PM
D Tremper from Maplewood, NJ

Thanks for streaming this live. It was a great experience.
Though all the casting seemed good, Jonathan Powers stole the show for me. I had never seen him before this and was so impressed with his incredible stage presence, fluidity of movement, musicality, and great timing. You go, guy!

Jan. 04 2014 02:29 PM
John Moran

There's an echo in the voice, but thankfully not now with the music/

Nov. 23 2013 11:40 AM
Charles Fischbein from Front Royal, Va.

Thank you very much WQXR. I have been getting my five year old grand daughter slowly into watching Opera with clips from the New Years Eve scene in La Boheme, and from the Mets Magic Flute.
While I go up to the Met from Virginia six times a year she is still to young to go with me. Our Virginia Opera is doing the Magic Flute the first week in December but I do not think she would sit quietly through it. This will be a good test. If she really watches quietly I may try taking her to the Virginia Opera matinee.
I get handicapped seats in rear Orchestra there so if she cannot handle it i can walk her outside to the lobby before she disturbs others. But thank you for the showing she is looking forward to seeing it. God Speed Charles Fischbein for Alle

Nov. 23 2013 10:40 AM

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