The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

The Queen of the Night sends the noble prince Tamino on a quest to rescue her daughter Pamina from the tyrant Sarastro. Like any proper hero, Tamino has a roguish sidekick, the birdcatcher Papageno, and magical gadgets for protection – a flute for Tamino and chimes for Papageno.

Tamino and Papageno soon discover a mysterious world in which Sarastro and the Queen are not what they seem. Our heroes face a series of trials and misunderstandings as they seek love and wisdom (and, for Papageno, food, comfort, and a girl). As Tamino successfully endures the trials of silence, fire, and water, he is inspired by Pamina and guided by her steadfast love.

What transforms this sophisticated, joyous adventure into one of the most prodigious masterworks in the repertoire is, of course, Mozart’s music. Encompassing infectious folk airs, sonorous majesty, and coloratura pyrotechnics, it is stunning in its variety and beauty. And with a story and characters that inspire and amuse, The Magic Flute has something for everyone. Sublime and bewitching, it is an opera to grow up with and to grow old with.

Pacific Opera is proud to present its first Magic Flute in over 20 years. Conductor Timothy Vernon and Director Glynis Leyshon team up with designer John Ferguson to bring us a production infused with the graceful spirit and elegance of fin-de-siècle Vienna and inspired by Otto Wagner's art nouveau structures with their harmonious marriage of beauty and function.

The exceptional ensemble cast includes Canadian coloratura Aline Kutan performing her signature role of the Queen of the Night, along with Colin Ainsworth as Tamino and Juno winner Shannon Mercer as Pamina.

This production is generously supported by a gift from David H. Flaherty

2008-2009 Season

The Magic Flute



Dr. Erika Kurth
Glynis Leyshon, Director

Robert Milne
Colin Ainsworth, Tamino

Michael Morres
Hugh Russell, Papageno

Jane Russell, Investors Group: Aline Kutan, Queen of the Night

Elisabeth Silvester
Uwe Dambruch, Sarastro

Board Member (Anonymous)
Marilyn Arsenault, Papagena