Photo Flash: First Look at Minnesota Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE
Minnesota Opera presents its co-production of a dynamic and engaging staging of Mozart's The Magic Flute with LA Opera. Mozart's masterful comedy about love, truth and the pursuit of enlightenment is richly reimagined in this boundary-busting production. Connecting the tale's enduring meaning with modern metaphor, this extraordinary staging combines live performance and film animation to delve deeply into the opera's surreal magic, odd characters and crazy love. Check out a first look below!
Soprano Layla Claire (debut) alternates the role of Pamina with Christie Hageman(Turandot) opposite tenors Julien Behr (debut) and Aaron Blake (debut) as Tamino. Baritones Andrew Wilkowske (Madame Butterfly) and Jesse Blumberg (Wuthering Heights) alternate the role of the hilarious birdcatcher, Papageno. Soprano Jennifer O'Loughlin makes her Minnesota Opera debut in the iconic role of the Queen of the Night. Resident Artist tenor John Robert Lindsey sings the role of the scheming overseer Monastatos and bass Christian Zaremba is the High Priest of the Sun, Sarastro. The original production at Komische Oper Berlin in 2012 was created by the British theater group 1927, which The Guardian described as: "A perfect mixture of all the things worth loving: silent films, the cabaret of the Weimar Republic, David Lynch and the brothers Grimm." Tobias Ribitzki makes his directorial debut and Aaron Breid (Turandot) conducts the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.
To learn more about The Magic Flute, visit mnop.co/flute.
Photo Credit: Michal Daniel
Tricia Van Ee, Bergen Baker and Victoria Vargas
Julien Behr and Jennifer O'Loughlin
Layla Claire and John RoBert Lindsey
Layla Claire and Andrew Wilkowske
Aaron Blake, Jesse Blumberg, Tricia Van Ee, Bergen Baker and Victoria Vargas
Christie Hageman Conover, Claire Walsh, John Gisselquist and Riley Eddins
Jesse Blumberg and Tracey Engleman