An adventure tale, a profound exploration of love,

a coming-of age saga, a celebration of music’s power to sustain our spirits in turbulent times, The Magic Flute touches the heart of every audience member, young or old, in a unique and powerful way. Maurice Sendak’s fairytale designs are the perfect visual counterpart to Mozart’s radiant score.

Sung in English with projected English texts.

The running time for The Magic Flute is approximately three hours and fourteen minutes, with one intermission.

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View the digital edition of the The Magic Flute program.

Why do people love Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE? Learn more in this video with Music Director George Manahan.

The reconstruction of the original Maurice Sendak designed sets were made possible by generous gifts from:

Maurice Sendak Foundation
Carol Franc Buck Foundation
Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation


The Queen of the Night  

Aline Kutan


Maureen McKay

Three Ladies

Felicia Moore, Angela Niederloh, Abigail Dock


Katrina Galka


Shawn Mathey


Marcus Shelton


John Moore


Tom McNichols


Jonathan Kimple

Armored Men

Aaron Short, Andre Flynn


Ryan Thorn, Joseph Michael Muir


Catherine Olson, Aishani Saha, Kathleen Taylor, Will Armony, Asher Ross


Paul Wright, David Warner, Scott Crandal



George Manahan


Christopher Mattaliano

Scenic & Costume Designer

Maurice Sendak

*Scenic Design realized by Neil Peter Jampolis, based on the original artwork of Maurice Sendak

Lighting Designer

Neil Peter Jampolis

Plot & Program Notes

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!