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Sep. 14 2013

09/21/13 – The Magic Flute – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera

THE MAGIC FLUTE by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Recorded Summer 2012, War Memorial Opera House.

Flute_SFO13Endlessly inventive, charmingly fantastical and utterly unique, Mozart’s final opera is a profound yet lighthearted tale of romantic love, spiritual transcendence and the beguiling art of birdcatching. The internationally acclaimed ensemble cast is led by Rory Macdonald, an exciting young conductor with “a superb natural physical talent” (MusicalCriticism.com), and includes lyric tenor Alek Shrader, a “stylish, vivid” Mozartian (The New York Times); Heidi Stober, a soprano with “rare vivacity of voice and personality” (Houston Chronicle); Nathan Gunn, “a singer with unmistakable star power” (Opera News); Kristinn Sigmundsson, lauded for his performance in San Francisco Opera’s Der Rosenkavalier (2007); and, in the opera’s most virtuoso role, Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova, who is “in demand everywhere as The Queen of the Night” (The New York Times). Singing the final two performances as Tamino is tenor Norman Reinhardt, “tall, handsome and virile of voice” (Opera Today). In a new production by visual artist Jun Kaneko and sung in English, The Magic Flute is perfect for the whole family.

Sung in English with English supertitles
Approximate running time: 3 hours including one intermission

CAST/CREW

PAMINA  HEIDI STOBER
TAMINO   ALEK SHRADER
PAPAGENO   NATHAN GUNN
THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT   ALBINA SHAGIMURATOVA *
SARASTRO   KRISTINN SIGMUNDSSON
FIRST LADY   MELODY MOORE
SECOND LADY   LAUREN MCNEESE
THIRD LADY   RENÉE TATUM
PAPAGENA   NADINE SIERRA
MONOSTATOS   GREG FEDDERLY
THE SPEAKER   DAVID PITTSINGER
FIRST SPIRIT   ETIENNE JULIUS VALDEZ *
SECOND SPIRIT   JOSHUA REINIER
THIRD SPIRIT   JOHN WALSH
FIRST ARMORED MAN   BEAU GIBSON
SECOND ARMORED MAN   JORDAN BISCH

CONDUCTOR   RORY MACDONALD
DIRECTOR   HARRY SILVERSTEIN
PRODUCTION DESIGNER   JUN KANEKO
LIGHTING DESIGNER   PAUL PYANT
CHORUS DIRECTOR   IAN ROBERTSON
CHOREOGRAPHER   LAWRENCE PECH

* SAN FRANCISCO OPERA DEBUT

photo credits: Corey Weaver

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