Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emmanuel Schikaneder
Mozart’s universally bewitching tale of love, adventure, and the conflict between good and evil is buoyed by comedy, a fairy-tale worthy production, and above all, glorious music in nearly infinite variety. Not all is as it first appears in The Magic Flute. The Queen of the Night launches Prince Tamino and Papageno, his bird-catcher sidekick, on a quest to rescue her daughter Pamina from Sarastro’s brotherhood. Armed with a magic flute and bells, Tamino and Papageno find Pamina, but are soon confronted with conflicts and confusion. Whom should they trust? The Queen, who flaunts her powers in dazzling displays of vocal pyrotechnics, or Sarastro, the seemingly enlightened leader whose philosophical arias plumb subterranean depths?
The Magic Flute will feature the legendary scenery and costumes designed by children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak—one of the most popular and acclaimed productions ever created for Mozart’s masterpiece. The scenery was destroyed in a hurricane several years ago and is being rebuilt from scratch by Portland Opera—making this a world “re-premiere” presentation. The Magic Flute will be sung in Andrew Porter’s sparkling English translation, which makes this the perfect family-friendly opera!