West Australian Opera will present The Magic Flute, one of the most elegant and charming operas written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This opera has it all: drama, comedy, magic, tests of love and friendship; and includes one of the most famous and recognisable arias in opera – the Queen of the Night Aria.
The story centres around Prince Tamino who falls in love with Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night; but can only win her hand if he rescues her from the evil sorcerer, Sarastro. The Ladies of the Queen of the Night give Tamino a magic flute to protect him and his companion, Papageno the bird catcher, on their quest.
Tenor Alexander Lewis returns home to Perth to sing the role of Tamino. Originally trained in music theatre, Alexander has enjoyed great acclaim since moving to opera. He is a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, and divides his time between engagements in Australian and the US.
Joining Alexander on stage will be baritone James Clayton as Tamino’s sidekick, Papageno and soprano Katja Webb as Pamina. Coloratura soprano, Milica Ilic, will sing the role of the Queen of the Night while Daniel Sumegi (bass) takes the role of Sarastro.
The Magic Flute was composed as a singspiel, a form that includes both singing and spoken dialogue which was popular in the eighteenth century. This traditional production remains true to Mozart’s intentions for this iconic work.
England-based Australian conductor, Brad Cohen, makes a welcome return to Perth to lead the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in this production which will also feature the West Australian Opera Chorus. This is a must-see for the whole family.
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