This beloved opera, sung in German (with projected English translation) and with linking narration, is a humorous, but sometimes profound exploration of the trials of growing up, seeking ideals and finding love.
The Magic Flute follows the adventures of Prince Tamino as he undergoes feats of heroism to rescue his love, Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, from the forces of evil. Joining Tamino on his journey is the comic birdcatcher Papageno, who dreams of one day finding his own sweetheart. The Magic Flute was an immediate hit when it debuted in 1791, with nearly 100 performances taking place in the first year after its premiere, and has been an audience favourite ever since. The opera’s eternal appeal can be attributed to the music as The Magic Flute features some of Mozart’s most beautiful and infectious melodies.
The Lunenburg performance of The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart will be our first with a small professional orchestra, largely drawn from members of Symphony Nova Scotia. All other performances will feature Tara Scott at the piano.
Our cast includes Stephen Bell as Tamino, Justin Welsh as Papageno, Johane Ansell as Pamina, Robert Milne as Sarastro, Jessica Cheung as Queen of the Night. Andrew Pelrine as Monostatos, and Maureen Batt as Papagena. Claire Mallin, Paula Rockwell and Nina Scott-Stoddart play the Three Ladies, while the Three Spirits are sung by young local favourites Eva Ernst, Claire Jaworski and Katherine Heim. The Music Director is Tara Scott and costumes are by Anne Morison.
Performances will be Sun. June 10, King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal; Tues., June 12, Th’YARC, Yarmouth, Thurs., June 14, Osprey Arts Centre, Shelburne; and Sat., June 16, Central United Church, Lunenburg. The Annapolis Royal performance will start at 8 pm; all other performances will start at 7.30 pm.