The Matthew Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts of the 2011/12 Lyric Opera of Chicago season continue on Classical 90.5 this Saturday, June 2, at noon with a performance of The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with 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 three hours and twenty-five minutes.

Look out for dancing bears and dinosaurs as the story of The Magic Flute unfolds. The Lyric Opera of Chicago's production reflects the composer himself — seamlessly blending emotional profundity with slapstick humor that appeals to the kid in everyone.

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.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts; Michael Black is the chorus master.

THE CAST
Pamina: Nicole Cabell
Tamino: Charles Castronovo
Papageno: Stéphane Degout
Queen of the Night: Audrey Luna
Sarastro: Günther Groissböck