3 reasons to see Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute,’ presented by University Opera Theatre

Francesca Chiejina and Alexander Turpin portray Pamina and Tamino in the fairy-tale opera "The Magic Flute." (Courtesy of Peter Smith Photography)

Francesca Chiejina and Alexander Turpin portray Pamina and Tamino in the fairy-tale opera “The Magic Flute.” (Courtesy of Peter Smith Photography)

This week, the University of Michigan’s University Opera Theatre brings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s production of “The Magic Flute,” directed by Kay Walker Castaldo, U-M associate professor and opera director, to the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor.

Composed shortly before Mozart’s untimely death at 35, this “enchanting and sublime” fairy-tale opera tells the story of a young prince Tamino and his journey to save the woman he loves. Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night, has been captured by a wicked sorcerer named Sarastro. Imploring Tamino to rescue the princess, the Queen of the Night promises him that if he’s successful, he can marry her. Armed with a magic flute that can “soften the hardest heart” and his companion Papageno, Tamino is off to save Pamina and claim her eternal love. But, as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems.

Read the rest of my article at [The Ann Arbor News].

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