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May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21, 2017

Mozart's colorful classic

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Overview

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

COLORFUL FANTASY. Mozart’s utterly unique extravaganza blends myth, magic, and a remarkable variety of wonderful music to deliver its life-affirming message: love conquers all. A handsome prince and his comical sidekick are given enchanted musical instruments and tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night’s daughter from a mysterious group of priests. Undergoing trials of virtue, discretion, and charity, they realize that all may not be as it seems in this magical land. Award-winning costumes from the fabulous Zandra Rhodes (The Pearl Fishers) add to the many delights of one of the most fantastic entertainments ever created. 

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The Magic Flute, Seattle Opera 2011. Copyright Rozarii Lynch.

In German with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall 
Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, with 1 intermission
Evenings at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.

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The Magic Flute Family Day matinee on Sunday, May 14 at 2:00 PM: For this specially designated performance, students age 18 and under pay only $15 for almost any seat. This production is recommended for age 5+.

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Synopsis

Long Story Short

Distressed queen sends prince (and feathered friend) off to rescue kidnapped princess. But instead, they undertake initiation into the kidnappers’ brotherhood of light and truth.

Who’s Who?

Tamino is a handsome young prince.
Papageno is a good-natured birdcatcher who travels with Tamino.
Papagena is a pretty girl who likes Papageno.
Sarastro is a wise wizard and the benevolent ruler of a holy brotherhood.
The Queen of the Night is Pamina’s mother and Sarastro’s enemy.
Pamina is a beautiful princess and the Queen of the Night’s daughter. When the opera begins, she is a prisoner in Sarastro’s temple.
Monostatos is a Moorish temple guard in Sarastro’s community. He has the hots for Pamina.
The Three Ladies are servants of the Queen of the Night.
The Three Boys are spirits who guide Tamino and Papageno.

In the land where fairy-tales take place, a dragon is chasing young Prince Tamino. Three ladies kill the monster, then show the prince a picture of Pamina, the Queen of the Night’s daughter. He falls madly in love, and the Queen asks him to rescue Pamina, who has been kidnapped by the wicked Sarastro. The birdcatcher Papageno is enlisted as Tamino’s sidekick; Tamino is entrusted with a magic flute and Papageno with a set of magic bells.

Our heroes make it to Sarastro’s citadel, where Papageno protects Pamina from Monostatos, an amorous guard, while a wise priest explains to Tamino that the Queen is really the evil one: Sarastro kidnapped Pamina to rescue her from her mother’s evil influence. Tamino and Pamina undertake the series of tests and trials which will grant them entrance to Sarastro’s community. Monostatos, too, switches sides when the Queen of the Night offers him Pamina in exchange for betraying Sarastro. And Papageno fails all Sarastro’s tests, but runs off with the girl of his dreams.

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Cast

Andrew Stenson

Tamino

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Tamino, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Rochester, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2010/11, 2011/12
Seattle Opera Debut: Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10)
Previously at Seattle Opera:
Tonio, The Daughter of the Regiment (’13);Orphée, Orphée et Eurydice (’12); Remendado, Carmen (’11)
Recently: Gen, Bel Canto (world premiere by J. Lopez, Lyric Opera of Chicago); Candide, Candide (Glimmerglass Festival); Danny Chen, An American Soldier (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (Arizona Opera); Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Fort Worth Opera); Candide, Candide (Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opéra du Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse)

Last Updated: January 2016

Andrew Stenson

Tamino

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Randall Bills

Tamino

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Tamino, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Fresno, California
Seattle Opera Debut: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (’14)
Recently: Tamino, The Magic Flute (New Zealand Opera); Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola (Theater Chemnitz, Boston Youth Symphony); Léopold, La juive (Opera Vlaanderen and Nationaltheater Mannheim); Fernand, La favorite (Washington Concert Opera); Tamino, Die Zauberflöte (Theater Dortmund)
Upcoming: Almaviva, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Theater Wielki Poznań); Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola (El Paso Opera)

Last updated: February 2017

Randall Bills

Tamino

May 7, 10, 14, & 19

Lauren Snouffer

Pamina

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Countess Adèle, Count Ory and Pamina, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro (Atlanta Opera); Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (Houston Grand Opera); Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel (Houston Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Pamina, The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera); Héro, Beatrice et Bénédict (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse); Tusnelda, Arminio (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)

Last updated: July 2016

Lauren Snouffer

Pamina

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Amanda Forsythe

Pamina

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Pamina,The Magic Flute

Hometown: Boston, MA
Seattle Opera Debut: Iris, Semele ('15)
Recently: Amour, Orphée (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Poppea, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Giunone, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Boston Early Music Festival
Upcoming: Eurydice, Orphée et Eurydice (Pacific Musicworks); Marzelline, Fidelio, (Santa Cecilia, Rome); Isabelle, Le Carnaval de Venise, (Boston Early Music Festival)

Last updated: December 2015

Amanda Forsythe

Pamina

May 7, 10, 14, & 19

John Moore

Papageno

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Papageno, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Figaro, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Milford, IA
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro ('16) 
Recently: Morales, Carmen (Metropolitan Opera); Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Santa Cruz Symphony); Jan, Breaking the Waves (Opera Philadelphia)
Upcoming: Papageno, The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera); Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Hyogo Performing Arts Center)

 

John Moore

Papageno

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Craig Verm

Papageno

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Papageno, The Magic Flute 
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, and Claudio, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Houston, TX
Seattle Opera Debut: Papageno, The Magic Flute (’17)
Recently: Count, Capriccio (Santa Fe Opera); Belcore, L'elisir d'amore (Opera Philadelphia); Elmer Gantry, Elmer Gantry (Florentine Opera)
Upcoming: Billy Budd, Billy Budd (Des Moines Metro Opera); Ping, Turandot (Pittsburgh Opera); Tancredi and Daniel, War Stories (Opera Philadelphia)

Craig Verm

Papageno

Seattle Opera Debut
May 7, 10, 14, & 19

Christina Poulitsi

Queen of the Night

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Dresden, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Gilda, Rigoletto (Teatro Maggio Musicale); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Italian Singer, Capriccio (Semperoper Dresden, Grand Theatre Shanghai)
Upcoming: Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Los Angeles Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona)

Last updated: December 2015

Christina Poulitsi

Queen of the Night

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Ante Jerkunica

Sarastro

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Sarastro, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Split, Croatia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: King, Aida; Sarastro, The Magic Flute; King of Clubs, The Love for Three Oranges (Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Upcoming: Landgraf Hermann, Tannhäuser (Vlaamse Opera); Prince Gudal, Der Damon (Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie); Grand Inquisitor, Don Carlo (Opéra national du Rhin)

Last updated: December 2015

Ante Jerkunica

Sarastro

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Rodell Rosel

Monostatos

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Monostatos, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Goro, Madame Butterfly

Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Mime, Das Rheingold, and Monostatos, The Magic Flute (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: First Jew, Salome, and Spalanzani, The Tales of Hoffmann (Los Angeles Opera)

Last updated: January 2017

Rodell Rosel

Monostatos

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Amanda Opuszynski

Papagena

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Sandman/Dew Fairy, Hansel and Gretel; Papagena, The Magic Flute

Soprano (Manchester, CT)
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2010/11, 2011/12
Seattle Opera Debut: Frasquita, Carmen (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Barbarina, The Marriage of Figaro (’16); Naiad, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15)
Recently: Micäela, Carmen (St. Petersburg Opera); Musetta, La bohème (South Dakota Symphony); Clorinda, La Cenerentola (Boston Youth Symphony)
Upcoming: Bess Erne, Riders of the Purple Sage (Arizona Opera); Papagena, The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera); Soprano Soloist, Handel’s Messiah (Seattle Symphony Orchestra)

Last updated: October 2016

Amanda Opuszynski

Papagena

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Jacqueline Piccolino

First Lady

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: First Lady, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Madeline, The Fall of the House of Usher; First Lady, The Magic Flute; Laura, Luisa Miller (San Francisco Opera)

Last updated: December 2015

Jacqueline Piccolino

First Lady

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Nian Wang

Second Lady

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Second Lady, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Nanjing, China
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Second Lady, The Magic Flute and Ascanius, Les Troyens (San Francisco Opera); Kate Julian, Owen Wingrave (Opera Philadelphia)

Last updated: December 2015

Nian Wang

Second Lady

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Jenni Bank

Third Lady

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Third Lady, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Young Artist: 2009/10
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
Mary, Der fliegende Holländer (Florentine Opera); Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro (Wolf Trap Opera); Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd (Tri-Cities Opera)
Upcoming: Firdaus, Shalimar the Clown, (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Ruth, Pirates of Penzance, (Knoxville Opera)

Last updated: May 2016

Jenni Bank

Third Lady

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Adam Lau

Speaker

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Papa, Makoto Kobayashi, An American Dream
At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Speaker, The Magic Flute

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Recently: Berardo, Richard the Lionheart (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Leporello, Don Giovanni (North Carolina Opera); Antonio, The Marriage of Figaro (Dallas Opera) 
Upcoming: Soloist, Mahler’s Eighth (Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine); Don Basilio, The Barber of Seville (North Carolina Opera)

Last updated: December 2015

Adam Lau

Speaker

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Eric Neuville

First Priest

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: A Nobleman, Count Ory; Gastone, La traviata; and First Priest, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Messenger, Aida

 

Hometown: Waupaca, WI
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2009/10, 2010/11
Seattle Opera Debut: Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: A Nobleman, Count Ory (’16); Abdallo, Nabucco (’15); Scaramuccio, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15)
Recently: Laurie, Little Women (Madison Opera); Young Thompson, Glory Denied (Nashville Opera); Soloist, Mozart Requiem (Seattle Symphony)
Upcoming: First Priest, The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera); Bernstein MASS (Austin Symphony); Don José, La tragédie de Carmen (Skylark Opera)

Last updated: January 2017

Eric Neuville

First Priest

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Ryan Bede

Second Priest

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17:  Second Priest, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Prince Yamadori, Madame Butterfly, and Fiorello, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Tacoma, WA 
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Moralès/Le Dancaïre, Carmen (Pacific Northwest Opera); Father, Hansel and Gretel (Seattle Opera Previews); Papageno, The Magic Flute (Opera Idaho)
Upcoming: Bass soloist, Mozart Requiem (Sofia, Bulgaria) 

Last updated: January 2017

 

Ryan Bede

Second Priest

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Frederick Ballentine

First Armored Man

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17:  Armored Man, The Magic Flute

Seattle Opera Debut

Hometown: Norfolk, VA
Recently: T. Morris Chester, Appomattox (Washington National Opera); Count Almaviva, The Ghosts of Versailles (Wolf Trap Opera); Pang, Turandot (Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela)
Upcoming: Armored Man, The Magic Flute (Los Angeles Opera)

Last updated: January 2016

Frederick Ballentine

First Armored Man

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Jonathan Silvia

Second Armored Man

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Second Armored Man, The Magic Flute  
At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Imperial Commissioner, Madame Butterfly

 

Hometown: Kirkland, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: First Villager, Pagliacci (’08) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: High Priest of Baal, Nabucco (’15); Luther, The Tales of Hoffmann (’14); Imperial Commissioner, Madame Butterfly (’12)
Recently: Zuniga, Carmen (Pacific Northwest Opera); Oroveso, Norma (Skagit Opera)
Upcoming: Winterreise (Bellevue Presbyterian Church); Leporello, Don Giovanni (Pacific Northwest Opera); Second Armored Man, The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera)

 Last updated: January 2017

Jonathan Silvia

Second Armored Man

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, & 20

Cast

Creative Team

Chris Alexander

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Magic Flute

Hometown: Provo, UT
Seattle Opera Debut: Boris Godunov (’00)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos  (’15); Don Giovanni (’14); Les contes d'Hoffmann  (’14)
Recently: The Magic Flute (Theater Bremen)
Upcoming:
La bohème (Staatsoper Hannover)

Last updated: December 2015

Chris Alexander

Director

Julia Jones

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Magic Flute

Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Falstaff (Oper Frankfurt); L’elisir d’amore (Opéra national du Rhin); Don Giovanni (Nederlandse Reisopera)

Last updated: January 2017

Julia Jones

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Robert A. Dahlstrom

Set Designer

Robert Dahlstrom made his Seattle Opera debut in 1984, designing The Ballad of Baby Doe, and has gone on to design nineteen operas for the company. His versatile designs range from the illogical Escher-like staircases of his I puritani (’08), also used for Lucia di Lammermoor (’10) to his period Rigoletto (’87), which easily went through a time machine for a production set in the 1930s. His many collaborations with director Chris Alexander twice won Seattle Opera’s Artists of the Year Awards: for Ariadne auf Naxos (’04, revived ’15) and The Tales of Hoffmann (’05, revived ’14).

Robert A. Dahlstrom

Set Designer

With Robert Schaub

Zandra Rhodes

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: The Pearl Fishers
Seattle Opera Debut and Artist of the Year: The Magic Flute (’11)
Hometown: Chatham, UK

Zandra Rhodes made her name in the fashion industry prior to delving into costume design for opera. In 1977 she pioneered the pink and black jersey collection with holes and safety pins that earned her the name of “Princess of Punk,” and in 2014 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her contribution to fashion and textiles. Her production of The Pearl Fishers has been to San Francisco, New York, Washington National Opera, and L’Opéra de Montréal. She will participate in Fashion Week in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 with her collection of hand-painted batiks for Kraftangan.

Last updated: October 2015

Zandra Rhodes

Costume Designer

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory and The Magic Flute

Hometown: Elkhart Lake, WI
Seattle Opera Debut: Norma (’94)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Marriage of Figaro ('16); Nabucco (’15); Don Giovanni (’14)
Recently: Beatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne Festival); Maometto II (Canadian Opera Company); Bel Canto (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera); Don Pasquale (San Francisco Opera); Cendrillon (Metropolitan Opera)

Last Updated: July 2016

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

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