Matinee broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, January 4th, with a performance of The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, set to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. The performance will run approximately two hours.
With a hapless and endearing birdcatcher as his sidekick, Prince Tamino is searching for the girl of his dreams. The mysterious Queen of the Night says her daughter’s the one — and just waiting to be rescued from the evil wizard, Sarastro. But it turns out he’s not the evil one after all. A young couple’s journey to adulthood, the search for universal truths, Masonic rituals and religious allegory, The Magic Flute gives audiences much to ponder, and music that’s a wondrous joy.
Julie Taymor's fanciful production will be sung in English in this abridged version of Mozart's opera, which seamlessly blends emotional profundity with slapstick humor that will appeal to the kid in everyone. Jane Glover conducts.