In tying the Queen of the Night to Sacher, the pair aims to realign the opera's power dynamics, enabling the character to emerge more fully-formed, especially in relation to Sarastro
. Barbe says they will present the character "as a widow--her husband has died, leaving some of the power to her.
After being told she has been captured by the evil Sarastro
, Tamino vows to rescue her.
029 2064 6900 THEATRE The Magic Flute:Mozart Rhe mysterious Queen of the Night coaxes Tamino to rescue her beautiful daughter Pamina from the grip of the evil enchanter Sarastro
. With a magic flute and a set of magic bells for protection he sets off on his journey aided by Papageno, the bird-catcher.
McConnell last performed with Soire Lyrique as Frank in "Die Fledermaus." Other recent roles include Olin Blitch ("Susannah"), Bartolo/Antonio ("Le Nozze di Figaro"), Bartolo/Basilio ("Il Barbiere di Siviglia"), Simone ("Gianni Schicchi"), Sarastro
("Die Zauberfl|te"), Angelotti/Jailer ("Tosca"), and William Jennings Bryan ("The Ballad of Baby Doe").
When the ladies return they give Tamino a portrait of the queen's daughter, Pamina, who has been enslaved by the evil Sarastro
. Tamino immediately falls in love with the beautiful girl in the picture.
Right down at the other end from the Queen's stratospheric tessitura, Jihoon Kim brought a wonderfully sonorous Sarastro
out of his slight frame.
Three Mozart arias are suggested: "O Isis und Osiris" (Sarastro
) ([F.sub.2]-[C.sub.4]) from Die Zauberflote; "Non piu andrai" (Figaro) ([C.sub.3]-[E.sub.4]) from Le nozze di Figaro; and "Madamina, il catalogo e questo" (Leporello) ([A.sub.2]-[E.sub.4]) from Don Giovanni.
I'm just finishing a "Magic Flute'' in Houston where we had a black Pamina (Nicole Heaston), a black Papageno (Michael Sumuel) and a black Sarastro
(Robinson), so that was monumental.
Click here for more pictures The Magic Flute, which premiered in 1791, has long been one of the most popular operas since it not only has beautiful music but also an engaging, adventurous story in which young Tamino must rescue Princess Tamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night, who has been kidnapped by the evil Sarastro
. It also has other entertaining characters including the bird catcher Papageno.
Accompanied by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, The Magic Flute was performed by German baritone Andreas Bauer as Sarastro
, German soprano Mandy Fredrich as Queen of the Night and French tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Tamino, a Japanese prince.