The Magic Flute

Poster for The Magic Flute.

“Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear, but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.” 

A handsome prince, the Queen of the Night and her beautiful daughter, a man in a bird costume who is looking for a wife, a magic flute which has the power to change sorrow into joy, and arias that are some of the most difficult to sing in all of opera combine to create an evening of beauty, comedy, love, and a happy-ever-after conclusion. The Magic Flute is currently the third most frequently performed opera in the world. Sung in English.

As a bonus, on Saturday, November 7, The Magic Flute ticket holders are invited to a reception and lecture, where Simon Estes will share his experiences singing the role of Sarastro on the world’s great opera stages. The reception will open at 6 p.m. in 175-179 Scheman Building with Estes to speak from 6:30-7 p.m. This event is open to all Magic Flute ticketholders and there is no charge for the lecture, although donations are welcome.

November 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m.; November 8 at 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

Adults $21, seniors $19, students $14

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Poster by Mary Bendgen

Headshots, production photos, and publicity photos by Nancy Thompson

Listen to Carole Horowitz’s October 29 interview of Leslie Bennett and Jodie Goble about The Magic Flute by clicking on this link and selecting her broadcast of KHOI Previews the Arts.

Read about it in the Ames Tribune on October 23 and October 31, 2015,  Inside Iowa State, and the Iowa State Daily on October 31  and November 3, 2015.