Metropolitan Opera The Magic Flute
The opera, by Mozart, that makes up the Metropolitan Opera The Magic Flute production was premiered in 1791 at the Freihaus-Theater auf der Widein in Vienna, Switzerland. It is a two act opera that was composed in the Singspiel style, containing both spoken words and song. One of Mozart’s greatest works, the role of Papageno was played by librettist Emanuel Schikaneder with Josepha Hofer playing the Queen of the Night. The premiere of the opera drew massive crowds with hundreds of its performance taking place between 1791 and 1800. By 1792, over a hundred performances of the opera were seen. Alas, Mozart was unable to see the hundredth performance as he passed away late in 1791 but it is said that he saw each of the opera’s performances before his death.
As one of the last works composed by Mozart, Metropolitan Opera The Magic Flute is also regarded as one of the foremost in the world. Today, it is the fourth Most Performed Opera in the world and is part of many opera company’s repertoire. One of the most magnificent operas in existence today, the opera is directed by an Tony Award, Emmy Award and Drama Desk Award winning American director. Julie Taymor has been directing stage, film and opera productions since 1986 and is also the recipient for an Academy Award nomination. A two-time Tony Award winner, she hails from Newton, Massachusetts and is a recipient of the Athena Film Festival’s Director Award for Vision and Courage.
Julie Taymore is famous as the director of what is one of the most popular musicals to debut on Broadway, The Lion King, for which she received two Tony Awards and became the first woman to win the award as a director. A Thomas J. Watson Fellow, she studied pre-Bunraku puppetry, amongst other experimental theatre forms, after graduating from college. One of her first works was A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Theatre for a New Audience, presented at The Public Theater. It was followed two years later by yet another play by Shakespeare, The Tempest, for the same company.
In 1991, she won the MacArthur Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards in theatre, often dubbed the genius award. She would go on to win the very first Annual Dorothy B. Chandler Award in Theater ever presented, as well as two Obie Awards, the Brandeis Creative Arts Award and the Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1999, a tour of twenty years of her work was begun at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Today, this Academy Award nominated director is directing a production of The Magic Flute for the Metropolitan Opera, a renowned American opera company. Based today at the Metropolitan Opera House in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, it is the single largest classical music organization in all of North America.
Each year, the company stages twenty seven amazing operas in a season which runs from September to May. This season, one of the operas is The Magic Flute, for which Metropolitan Opera The Magic Flute tickets are already on sale. This is, after all, a production by an opera company whose works is aired live on TV, radio and is transmitted in high-definition to sixteen hundred theaters of the world. Through these HD transmissions, more than three million see live their productions all over the world.