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The Magic Flute

Friday January 30, 2015 - Saturday February 14, 2015

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center  

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute
Sung in English with projected English text

January 30, 2015 - 7:30 PM | February 1, 2015 - 2:00 PM | February 4, 2015 - 7:30 PM
February 7, 2015 - 7:30 PM | February 14, 2015 - 7:30 PM
 

Mozart's genius is supremely evident in his last opera, The Magic Flute. The fairytale is matched with some of the most stunningly beautiful music ever written. From the coloratura pyrotechnics of the Queen of the Night to Pamina's anguished lament, to the comic love duet of Papageno and Papagena, the music illustrates what set Mozart apart from his many rivals: a unique and profound understanding of humanity.

Visually, this Flute finds a perfect balance between grandeur and comedy. Replete with elaborately detailed period costumes, Egyptian influences, and dancing bears, it is a feast for the eyes and the ear.

Cast
Tamino - David Portillo
Pamina - Nicole Heaston
Queen of the Night - Kathryn Lewek
Sarastro - Morris Robinson
Speaker - Patrick Carfizzi
Papageno - Michael Sumuel
Monostatos/Man in Armor - Aaron Pegram
Third Lady - Renee Tatum

Creative Team
Conductor - Robert Spano
Production - Nicholas Hytner
Director - Ian Rutherford
Set & Costume Designer - Bob Crowley
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus Master - Richard Bado

"Kathryn Lewek has a luscious sound, especially in her unforced upper range... she dispatched the darting runs and passage work with agile technique." - New York Times

"David Portillo, scored high marks and high notes with ease, singing with a luxuriant warm glow that seduced the ear." - Opera News

This production was originally created by the English National Opera.

Synopsis

Act I

Tamino, a prince, faints as he is attacked by a serpent that Three Ladies, servants of the Queen of the Night, destroy. They cannot agree on who should stay to watch over the young man, so they all go off to tell their Queen about him. He revives and sees Papageno, the Queen's birdcatcher, who claims to have killed the serpent himself. The Ladies punish Papageno for this lie by padlocking his mouth; they then give Tamino a portrait of Pamina, the Queen's daughter, with whom Tamino falls in love.

The Queen promises Tamino that Pamina will be his if he will rescue her from Sarastro, the Queen's enemy, who has kidnapped her. Papageno will accompany him, and they will have a magic flute and magic bells to help them, and Three Spirits to guide them.

ln Sarastro's realm, Monostatos assaults Pamina. Papageno (who has been separated from Tamino) unexpectedly appears and frightens him off. He comforts Pamina and they escape.

The Three Spirits lead Tamino to Sarastro's temple of nature, reason, and wisdom. Tamino approaches each door in turn and voices order him back from the first two; from the third the Speaker enters and tells him he has been deceived in thinking that Sarastro is evil. He leaves Tamino to consider this reversal of his fate.

Tamino discovers that the magic flute can tame the wild animals in the forest. Papageno answers his call but they just miss each other; Papageno and Pamina enter, pursued by Monostatos. Papageno plays his magic bells and so they avoid being captured. Sarastro returns with his followers from hunting; Pamina tells him the whole truth of what has happened to her. Tamino is brought in by Sarastro's men, and sees Pamina for the first time. Sarastro orders Monostatos to be punished and invites Tamino and Papageno to prove themselves worthy by undergoing the trials of initiation into the community of Isis.

Intermission

Act II

Sarastro explains his purpose in introducing Tamino and Papageno to the mysteries of Isis. His fellow initiates overcome their misgivings and take the men blindfolded into the vaults of the temple. The first trial is to be silent in a darkened room. When the Three Ladies attempt to distract them and win them back to the Queen's cause, the men ignore them.

Monostatos has another opportunity to violate Pamina and this time it is the Queen who intervenes to defend her. She gives her daughter a dagger with instructions to kill Sarastro and recover the sign of the sun from him. Monostatos has overheard and now threatens to betray Pamina if she does not yield to him. Pamina, distraught, confesses everything to Sarastro, who assures her that he has no thought of revenge on her mother.

Tamino and Papageno begin a second trial of silence, the contemplation of mortality. Papageno cheats by chatting to an old lady who says she is his girlfriend. The Three Spirits bring food and drink, and return the magic instruments to assist them. At the sound of Tamino's flute, Pamina appears and cannot understand why he rejects her in silence. She concludes that he no longer loves her.

Sarastro congratulates Tamino on his strength of will but tells him that, after one last meeting, he may never see Pamina again. The lovers greet each other joyfully but sadly part. Papageno also meets the old woman again, and discovers that she is really a perfect young wife for him; to his annoyance an initiate insists that he, like Tamino, should continue the trials alone.

Pamina, now inconsolable, contemplates suicide. The Spirits prevent her, however, and reunite her with Tamino, who has reached the final trial: the ordeals of fire and water. Pamina is allowed to join him and together they brave the dangers, guarded by the music of the flute and strengthened by their love for one another. They are both welcomed into the temple.

It is Papageno's turn to contemplate suicide. The Spirits remind him of his magic bells, and as he plays them Papagena appears again. The Queen, Monostatos, and the Three Ladies plan a final assault on Sarastro's temple. They are destroyed by the vision of a family united in wisdom and selfless love.

This story by director Ian Rutherford explains the events that could have set the stage for the events of The Magic Flute. To read, click here.

Cast/Creative Team

Cast

David Portillo*
Tamino

Nicole Heaston***
Pamina

Pureum Jo*
Papagena

Kathryn Lewek*
Queen of the Night

Morris Robinson
Sarastro

Michael Sumuel***
Papageno

D'Ana Lombard**
First Lady

Megan Samarin*
Second Lady

Renée Tatum
Third Lady

Aaron Pegram*
Monostatos

Patrick Carfizzi
Speaker

Thomas Richards**
Priest/Man in Armor

Kevin Ray***
Priest/Man in Armor

Creative Team

Robert Spano
Conductor

Nicholas Hytner
Original Director

Ian Rutherford
Director

Bob Crowley*
Set and Costume Designer

Nick Chelton
Original Lighting Designer

Michael James Clark
Lighting Realizer

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Media

There are not any current media reviews available for this production at this time.

 


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute
Sung in English with projected English text

January 30, 2015 - 7:30 PM | February 1, 2015 - 2:00 PM | February 4, 2015 - 7:30 PM
February 7, 2015 - 7:30 PM | February 14, 2015 - 7:30 PM
 

Mozart's genius is supremely evident in his last opera, The Magic Flute. The fairytale is matched with some of the most stunningly beautiful music ever written. From the coloratura pyrotechnics of the Queen of the Night to Pamina's anguished lament, to the comic love duet of Papageno and Papagena, the music illustrates what set Mozart apart from his many rivals: a unique and profound understanding of humanity.

Visually, this Flute finds a perfect balance between grandeur and comedy. Replete with elaborately detailed period costumes, Egyptian influences, and dancing bears, it is a feast for the eyes and the ear.

Cast
Tamino - David Portillo
Pamina - Nicole Heaston
Queen of the Night - Kathryn Lewek
Sarastro - Morris Robinson
Speaker - Patrick Carfizzi
Papageno - Michael Sumuel
Monostatos/Man in Armor - Aaron Pegram
Third Lady - Renee Tatum

Creative Team
Conductor - Robert Spano
Production - Nicholas Hytner
Director - Ian Rutherford
Set & Costume Designer - Bob Crowley
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus Master - Richard Bado

"Kathryn Lewek has a luscious sound, especially in her unforced upper range... she dispatched the darting runs and passage work with agile technique." - New York Times

"David Portillo, scored high marks and high notes with ease, singing with a luxuriant warm glow that seduced the ear." - Opera News

This production was originally created by the English National Opera.

Act I

Tamino, a prince, faints as he is attacked by a serpent that Three Ladies, servants of the Queen of the Night, destroy. They cannot agree on who should stay to watch over the young man, so they all go off to tell their Queen about him. He revives and sees Papageno, the Queen's birdcatcher, who claims to have killed the serpent himself. The Ladies punish Papageno for this lie by padlocking his mouth; they then give Tamino a portrait of Pamina, the Queen's daughter, with whom Tamino falls in love.

The Queen promises Tamino that Pamina will be his if he will rescue her from Sarastro, the Queen's enemy, who has kidnapped her. Papageno will accompany him, and they will have a magic flute and magic bells to help them, and Three Spirits to guide them.

ln Sarastro's realm, Monostatos assaults Pamina. Papageno (who has been separated from Tamino) unexpectedly appears and frightens him off. He comforts Pamina and they escape.

The Three Spirits lead Tamino to Sarastro's temple of nature, reason, and wisdom. Tamino approaches each door in turn and voices order him back from the first two; from the third the Speaker enters and tells him he has been deceived in thinking that Sarastro is evil. He leaves Tamino to consider this reversal of his fate.

Tamino discovers that the magic flute can tame the wild animals in the forest. Papageno answers his call but they just miss each other; Papageno and Pamina enter, pursued by Monostatos. Papageno plays his magic bells and so they avoid being captured. Sarastro returns with his followers from hunting; Pamina tells him the whole truth of what has happened to her. Tamino is brought in by Sarastro's men, and sees Pamina for the first time. Sarastro orders Monostatos to be punished and invites Tamino and Papageno to prove themselves worthy by undergoing the trials of initiation into the community of Isis.

Intermission

Act II

Sarastro explains his purpose in introducing Tamino and Papageno to the mysteries of Isis. His fellow initiates overcome their misgivings and take the men blindfolded into the vaults of the temple. The first trial is to be silent in a darkened room. When the Three Ladies attempt to distract them and win them back to the Queen's cause, the men ignore them.

Monostatos has another opportunity to violate Pamina and this time it is the Queen who intervenes to defend her. She gives her daughter a dagger with instructions to kill Sarastro and recover the sign of the sun from him. Monostatos has overheard and now threatens to betray Pamina if she does not yield to him. Pamina, distraught, confesses everything to Sarastro, who assures her that he has no thought of revenge on her mother.

Tamino and Papageno begin a second trial of silence, the contemplation of mortality. Papageno cheats by chatting to an old lady who says she is his girlfriend. The Three Spirits bring food and drink, and return the magic instruments to assist them. At the sound of Tamino's flute, Pamina appears and cannot understand why he rejects her in silence. She concludes that he no longer loves her.

Sarastro congratulates Tamino on his strength of will but tells him that, after one last meeting, he may never see Pamina again. The lovers greet each other joyfully but sadly part. Papageno also meets the old woman again, and discovers that she is really a perfect young wife for him; to his annoyance an initiate insists that he, like Tamino, should continue the trials alone.

Pamina, now inconsolable, contemplates suicide. The Spirits prevent her, however, and reunite her with Tamino, who has reached the final trial: the ordeals of fire and water. Pamina is allowed to join him and together they brave the dangers, guarded by the music of the flute and strengthened by their love for one another. They are both welcomed into the temple.

It is Papageno's turn to contemplate suicide. The Spirits remind him of his magic bells, and as he plays them Papagena appears again. The Queen, Monostatos, and the Three Ladies plan a final assault on Sarastro's temple. They are destroyed by the vision of a family united in wisdom and selfless love.

This story by director Ian Rutherford explains the events that could have set the stage for the events of The Magic Flute. To read, click here.

Cast

David Portillo*
Tamino

Nicole Heaston***
Pamina

Pureum Jo*
Papagena

Kathryn Lewek*
Queen of the Night

Morris Robinson
Sarastro

Michael Sumuel***
Papageno

D'Ana Lombard**
First Lady

Megan Samarin*
Second Lady

Renée Tatum
Third Lady

Aaron Pegram*
Monostatos

Patrick Carfizzi
Speaker

Thomas Richards**
Priest/Man in Armor

Kevin Ray***
Priest/Man in Armor

Creative Team

Robert Spano
Conductor

Nicholas Hytner
Original Director

Ian Rutherford
Director

Bob Crowley*
Set and Costume Designer

Nick Chelton
Original Lighting Designer

Michael James Clark
Lighting Realizer

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

There are not any current media reviews available for this production at this time.


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