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The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
To

May 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, 19 AND, 21, 2022


TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, JANUARY 11


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is two hours and 55 minutes including one 25-minute intermission



Mozart’s fairytale opera is about our timeless search for wisdom, truth, and love. We follow the adventures of Tamino, who sets out on a quest to rescue the kidnapped Princess Pamina, and journeys with the hilarious bird-catcher Papageno, to battle armed men, enchanted animals, evil henchmen, overcoming them all using a magical instrument. Facing their trials and tribulations, they chart a path towards a deeper understanding of love and wisdom.

In the COC’s signature production, viewers are transported to another world—fantastical creatures, delightfully imaginative costumes, starry skies and garden mazes—serving as the backdrop for Mozart's whimsical comedy.


Credits
Sung in German with English SURTITLESTM


Conductor Patrick Lange
Lighting Designer Scott Zielinski
Set & Costume Designer Myung Hee Cho
Director Ashlie Corcoran
Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


Conductor: Patrick Lange
Original Director: Diane Paulus
Revival Director: Ashlie Corcoran
Set & Costume Designer: Myung Cho
Lighting Designer: Scott Zielinski
Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

Pamina: Anna-Sophie Neher
Tamino: Ilker Arcayürek
Papageno: Gordon Bintner
Papagena: Midori Marsh
Queen of the Night: Caroline Wettergreen
Sarastro: David Leigh
Monostatos: Michael Colvin
Speaker: Russell Braun
First Lady: Jamie Groote
Second Lady: Charlotte Siegel
Third Lady: Lauren Segal
First Priest: Asitha Tennekoon
Second Priest: Jonah Spungin
First Armoured Man: Matthew Cairns
Second Armoured Man: Vartan Gabrielian

With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

A Canadian Opera Company production
The Story

Story

ACT I

Prince Tamino is pursued by a serpent. He collapses and is saved by Three Ladies who slay the serpent and leave to tell their queen of his arrival in their land. Tamino revives as Papageno, a bird catcher, enters. When Papageno claims responsibility for slaying the serpent, the Three Ladies reappear and padlock his mouth as punishment for lying. They give Tamino a portrait of a young woman, with whom Tamino falls immediately in love. She is Pamina, the Queen of the Night’s daughter, and captive of Sarastro. The Queen herself appears and tells Tamino that if he rescues her daughter, Pamina will be his forever. The Three Ladies remove Papageno’s padlock, giving him a set of magic chimes with instructions to accompany Tamino. The Ladies give Tamino a magic flute which will protect him from danger. Three Spirits guide Tamino and Papageno on their journey. 

 

In Sarastro’s palace Pamina is pursued by the lustful slave Monostatos. Papageno saves her and tells Pamina that her mother has sent a handsome prince to rescue her, one who is already in love with her. Pamina is overjoyed and together they reflect on the importance of love.

 

The Three Spirits bring Tamino to the Temples of Wisdom, Reason and Nature. The Speaker enters from the Temple of Wisdom and informs him that the Queen of the Night is the villain, not Sarastro, as he will understand when he enters the temple. He leaves in search of Papageno, who, with the help of his magic chimes, saves Pamina once more from Monostatos. Sarastro enters and tells Pamina he cannot let her return to her mother. Tamino is brought in and he and Pamina joyfully meet at last. Tamino and Papageno prepare to be tested for admittance to the brotherhood.

 

INTERMISSION

 

ACT II 

Near the temple Sarastro leads a prayer to Isis and Osiris, to assist Pamina and Tamino. 

 

Tamino and Papageno begin the first test, during which they must remain silent. The Three Ladies try to tempt them to talk, only succeeding with Papageno. 

 

Pamina is saved from Monostatos with the appearance of the Queen of the Night who demands that her daughter kill Sarastro. Alone, she is once again accosted by Monostatos, but Sarastro enters and chases the slave away. Sarastro comforts Pamina, telling her that love, not vengeance, lives in the walls of the Temple.

 

In the Temple a hooded crone appears to Papageno, claiming that she is his sweetheart. She disappears and the Three Spirits appear, returning the magic flute and chimes to Tamino and Papageno. Pamina enters but Tamino will not speak to her, leaving her heartbroken.

 

In the inner sanctum of the temple, Sarastro calls for Tamino and Pamina to be brought forth. Tamino has two more trials to go, the most dangerous ones. 

 

The old crone reappears to Papageno. He tells her he’d rather have her than nothing. She removes her disguise, revealing a beautiful young woman. She’s immediately whisked away, as Papageno is still unworthy of her.

 

Pamina is prevented from taking her life by the Three Spirits and is reunited joyfully with Tamino, in time to take his last two trials with him, those of fire and water. They emerge triumphant, earning admission to the order as initiates.

 

The Three Spirits prevent Papageno from taking his own life, reminding him to play his chimes. Papagena appears and the two lovers are together at last.

 

The Queen of the Night attempts to seize power from Sarastro but is defeated. All celebrate the triumph of Tamino and Pamina.

 

Production Underwriters, artist sponsors, corporate recognition

Production originally made possible by

The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation

  • Sung in German with English SURTITLESTM


    Conductor Patrick Lange
    Lighting Designer Scott Zielinski
    Set & Costume Designer Myung Hee Cho
    Director Ashlie Corcoran
    Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


    Conductor: Patrick Lange
    Original Director: Diane Paulus
    Revival Director: Ashlie Corcoran
    Set & Costume Designer: Myung Cho
    Lighting Designer: Scott Zielinski
    Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

    Pamina: Anna-Sophie Neher
    Tamino: Ilker Arcayürek
    Papageno: Gordon Bintner
    Papagena: Midori Marsh
    Queen of the Night: Caroline Wettergreen
    Sarastro: David Leigh
    Monostatos: Michael Colvin
    Speaker: Russell Braun
    First Lady: Jamie Groote
    Second Lady: Charlotte Siegel
    Third Lady: Lauren Segal
    First Priest: Asitha Tennekoon
    Second Priest: Jonah Spungin
    First Armoured Man: Matthew Cairns
    Second Armoured Man: Vartan Gabrielian

    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

    A Canadian Opera Company production
  • Story

    ACT I

    Prince Tamino is pursued by a serpent. He collapses and is saved by Three Ladies who slay the serpent and leave to tell their queen of his arrival in their land. Tamino revives as Papageno, a bird catcher, enters. When Papageno claims responsibility for slaying the serpent, the Three Ladies reappear and padlock his mouth as punishment for lying. They give Tamino a portrait of a young woman, with whom Tamino falls immediately in love. She is Pamina, the Queen of the Night’s daughter, and captive of Sarastro. The Queen herself appears and tells Tamino that if he rescues her daughter, Pamina will be his forever. The Three Ladies remove Papageno’s padlock, giving him a set of magic chimes with instructions to accompany Tamino. The Ladies give Tamino a magic flute which will protect him from danger. Three Spirits guide Tamino and Papageno on their journey. 

     

    In Sarastro’s palace Pamina is pursued by the lustful slave Monostatos. Papageno saves her and tells Pamina that her mother has sent a handsome prince to rescue her, one who is already in love with her. Pamina is overjoyed and together they reflect on the importance of love.

     

    The Three Spirits bring Tamino to the Temples of Wisdom, Reason and Nature. The Speaker enters from the Temple of Wisdom and informs him that the Queen of the Night is the villain, not Sarastro, as he will understand when he enters the temple. He leaves in search of Papageno, who, with the help of his magic chimes, saves Pamina once more from Monostatos. Sarastro enters and tells Pamina he cannot let her return to her mother. Tamino is brought in and he and Pamina joyfully meet at last. Tamino and Papageno prepare to be tested for admittance to the brotherhood.

     

    INTERMISSION

     

    ACT II 

    Near the temple Sarastro leads a prayer to Isis and Osiris, to assist Pamina and Tamino. 

     

    Tamino and Papageno begin the first test, during which they must remain silent. The Three Ladies try to tempt them to talk, only succeeding with Papageno. 

     

    Pamina is saved from Monostatos with the appearance of the Queen of the Night who demands that her daughter kill Sarastro. Alone, she is once again accosted by Monostatos, but Sarastro enters and chases the slave away. Sarastro comforts Pamina, telling her that love, not vengeance, lives in the walls of the Temple.

     

    In the Temple a hooded crone appears to Papageno, claiming that she is his sweetheart. She disappears and the Three Spirits appear, returning the magic flute and chimes to Tamino and Papageno. Pamina enters but Tamino will not speak to her, leaving her heartbroken.

     

    In the inner sanctum of the temple, Sarastro calls for Tamino and Pamina to be brought forth. Tamino has two more trials to go, the most dangerous ones. 

     

    The old crone reappears to Papageno. He tells her he’d rather have her than nothing. She removes her disguise, revealing a beautiful young woman. She’s immediately whisked away, as Papageno is still unworthy of her.

     

    Pamina is prevented from taking her life by the Three Spirits and is reunited joyfully with Tamino, in time to take his last two trials with him, those of fire and water. They emerge triumphant, earning admission to the order as initiates.

     

    The Three Spirits prevent Papageno from taking his own life, reminding him to play his chimes. Papagena appears and the two lovers are together at last.

     

    The Queen of the Night attempts to seize power from Sarastro but is defeated. All celebrate the triumph of Tamino and Pamina.

     

    Production Underwriters, artist sponsors, corporate recognition

    Production originally made possible by

    The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation


2022 season creative: BT/A

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts capacity: 2,070
Ticket prices do not include service fees, $9 CAD.

The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
To

May 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, 19 AND, 21, 2022


TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, JANUARY 11


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is two hours and 55 minutes including one 25-minute intermission



Mozart’s fairytale opera is about our timeless search for wisdom, truth, and love. We follow the adventures of Tamino, who sets out on a quest to rescue the kidnapped Princess Pamina, and journeys with the hilarious bird-catcher Papageno, to battle armed men, enchanted animals, evil henchmen, overcoming them all using a magical instrument. Facing their trials and tribulations, they chart a path towards a deeper understanding of love and wisdom.

In the COC’s signature production, viewers are transported to another world—fantastical creatures, delightfully imaginative costumes, starry skies and garden mazes—serving as the backdrop for Mozart's whimsical comedy.

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