Virginia Opera Performs The Magic Flute This Weekend

Posted: November 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mozart wrote Die Zauberflöte at the age of 35, shortly before his death, and it was first performed in Vienna in 1791. This classical piece, enhanced with traditional folk tune motifs, is filled with symbolism, political satire, and humor. Now, Virginia Opera brings Mozart’s Magic Flute, an opera in two acts, with libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, to the Center for the Arts Concert Hall tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. This production is performed in an English translation by Andrew Porter. An artistic discussion is held 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Grand Tier lobby on the Concert Hall’s third level.

The artistic team of conductor Dan Saunders and stage director William Theisen reunite to collaborate on this presentation. Part fairytale, part morality play, The Magic Flute combines laughter, love, song, and high spirits. The story revolves around Tamino and Pamina, who are destined to meet and fall in love, but first must escape the clutches of the wicked Queen of the Night. The production features the return of Eric Van Hoven as Tamino and the Virginia Opera debut of Korean soprano Jee Hyun Lim as Pamina.

Tickets are $78, $64, and $42. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com.

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