About The Magic Flute
This joyous production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's exuberant opera is perfect fare for the holiday season. Julie Taymor's playful staging features dancing bears and giant flamingos, and the opera will be sung in English to make it more accessible for families. One of the most engaging scores in all of opera will be sung by a first-rate cast including Nathan Gunn as the ever-charming Papageno.
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, making its first home in a building at 39th and Broadway before moving to Lincoln Center when construction on the new Metropolitan Opera House was finished in 1966. The company quickly established itself as a serious contender in the competitive world of international opera, early on attracting such renowned singers as Nellie Melba, Enrico Caruso and Rosa Ponselle. Its stage has continued to attract the greatest vocal artists of subsequent generations from around the globe, including Roberta Peters, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Plácido Domingo.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in English with Met Titles in English, German, and Spanish.
One hour and 40 minutes
Binoculars are available for a $5 rental fee at the coat check station on the South Concourse. All operas are translated by the Met Titles system, which appears on seatbacks, stanchions and at standing room locations. Drinks and snacks are available pre-curtain and during intermission at bars on all levels. The Revlon Bar and Grand Tier Restaurant offer more substantive dining options. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium. Photography and sound recording are forbidden. Bags, parcels and luggage are not permitted in the theater. The doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission, and patrons who leave the auditorium will not be readmitted until intermission.
Did you know?
Mozart's opera is filled with references to Freemasonry and Enlightenment philosophy, with the forces of reason and education battling superstition and mysticism.
The composer was thrilled at the positive reception of his work in 1791, but he had already fallen ill from the sickness that would claim his life in December of the same year, when he was only 35.
The whole family will enjoy this abridged version of Mozart's diverting opera, with Julie Taymor's delightful creations making it a feast for the eye as well as the ear.
Good for kids?
Yes, although they must be old enough (and well-behaved enough) to sit through the entire performance.
The Metropolitan Opera Location Information:
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center