The magic flute
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder • Nov. 6, 9, 12, 14, 2021
Mozart’s final and most-celebrated opera is the mystical adventure The Magic Flute.
Young Prince Tamino embarks on a hero’s quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Pamina from Sarastro’s clutches. Along the way, he learns that things aren’t always as they seem. Aided by a magic flute, and accompanied by his trusty sidekick Papageno the bird catcher, Tamino pursues truth and reason, love and enlightenment.
Full of beautiful melodies and enchanting characters, this timeless tale of light battling darkness will delight adults and children alike.
Tom McNichols: Sarastro
The Artistic Team
Conductor - Antony Walker
Stage Director - Dan Rigazzi
Set Designer - Thaddeus Strassberger
Costume Designer - Susan Memmott Allred
Lighting Designer - Andrew Ostrowski
Wig and Make-up Designer - James Geier
Stage Manager - TBA
Head of Music/Assistant Conductor - Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master - Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist - James Lesniak
Asst Stage Director - Kaley Karis Smith*
+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni
Listen to Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn give a brief synopsis of The Magic Flute featuring excerpts from Pittsburgh Opera's 2013 production with Antony Walker conducting the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra.
Click play below or download these excerpts for an offline treat!
- Overture - performed by the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra
- "The birdcatcher am I" - sung by Craig Verm as the bird catcher Papageno
- “This image is enchantingly beautiful" - sung by Sean Panikkar as Tamino
- "Swift steps, ready courage" - sung by Layla Claire as Pamina and Craig Verm as Papageno
- "Long live Sarastro!" sung by the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus
- "All feels the joys of love"- sung by Daniel Curran as Monostatos
- “Hell's vengeance boils in my heart" - sung by Audrey Luna as the Queen of the Night
- “Ah, I feel it, it is vanished" - performed by Layla Claire as Pamina
- "A girl or a woman" - sung by Craig Verm as Papageno
- "Pa... pa... pa..." - sung by Craig Verm as Papageno and Meredith Lustig as Papagena
- Final Chorus - performed by the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus
We want you to have the best experience possible at our performances!
- Run time: Tentatively ~ 2 hours, 50 minutes with 1 intermission
- Special effects notice:
- Understand Every Word: The Magic Flute is sung in English with English supertitles projected above the stage at all performances
- Download the Program Book (TBA)
- Download the The Magic Flute study guide (TBA)
- Parking Downtown: get real-time parking availability
- Pre-Opera Talks before each performance
- Audio Description available at The Benedum Center
- Braille Programs available at The Benedum Center
- Large-Print Programs available at The Benedum Center