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The May 16, 2020 broadcast of this production on 98.1 KING FM was originally recorded on May 13, 2017. It features Andrew Stenson as Tamino, Lauren Snouffer as Pamina, John Moore as Papageno, and Christina Poulitsi as Queen of the Night. Full cast list is available below.

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

COLORFUL FANTASY. Mozart’s utterly unique extravaganza blends myth, magic, and a remarkable variety of wonderful music to deliver its life-affirming message: love conquers all. A handsome prince and his comical sidekick are given enchanted musical instruments and tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night’s daughter from a mysterious group of priests. Undergoing trials of virtue, discretion, and charity, they realize that all may not be as it seems in this magical land. Award-winning costumes from the fabulous Zandra Rhodes (The Pearl Fishers) add to the many delights of one of the most fantastic entertainments ever created. 

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The Magic Flute, Seattle Opera 2011. Copyright Rozarii Lynch.

In German with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, with 1 intermission
Evenings at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.

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Synopsis

Long Story Short

A distressed queen sends a prince (and his sidekick) off to rescue a kidnapped princess. But then the twist: the queen was lying. Instead of returning to the queen, the prince and princess embark on a journey toward truth and light.

Who’s Who?

Tamino is a handsome young prince.
Papageno is a good-natured birdcatcher who travels with Tamino.
Papagena is a pretty girl who likes Papageno.
Sarastro is a wise wizard and the benevolent ruler of a holy brotherhood.
The Queen of the Night is Pamina’s mother and Sarastro’s enemy.
Pamina is a beautiful princess and the Queen of the Night’s daughter. When the opera begins, she is a prisoner in Sarastro’s temple.
Monostatos is a temple guard in Sarastro’s community. He has the hots for Pamina.
The Three Ladies are servants of the Queen of the Night.
The Three Boys are spirits who guide Tamino and Papageno.

In the land where fairy-tales take place, a dragon is chasing young Prince Tamino. Three ladies kill the monster, then show the prince a picture of Pamina, the Queen of the Night’s daughter. He falls madly in love, and the Queen asks him to rescue Pamina, who has been kidnapped by the wicked Sarastro. The birdcatcher Papageno is enlisted as Tamino’s sidekick; Tamino is entrusted with a magic flute and Papageno with a set of magic bells.

Our heroes make it to Sarastro’s citadel, where Papageno protects Pamina from Monostatos, an amorous guard, while a wise priest explains to Tamino that the Queen is really the evil one: Sarastro kidnapped Pamina to rescue her from her mother’s evil influence. Tamino and Pamina undertake the series of tests and trials which will grant them entrance to Sarastro’s community. Monostatos, too, switches sides when the Queen of the Night offers him Pamina in exchange for betraying Sarastro. And Papageno fails all Sarastro’s tests, but runs off with the girl of his dreams.

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Cast

Andrew Stenson

Tamino

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Beppe, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Rochester, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2010/11, 2011/12
Seattle Opera Debut: Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10)
Previously at Seattle Opera:
Tamino, The Magic Flute ('17); Tonio, The Daughter of the Regiment (’13); Orphée, Orphée et Eurydice (’12) 
Recently: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne Festival); Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Demetrius, The Enchanted Island (Metropolitan Opera); Candide, Candide (Glimmerglass Festival); Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Colorado Opera); The Steersman, The Flying Dutchman (Dallas Opera) 

Last Updated: December 2019

Andrew Stenson

Tamino

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Randall Bills

Tamino

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Tamino, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Fresno, California
Seattle Opera Debut: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (’14)
Recently: Tamino, The Magic Flute (New Zealand Opera); Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola (Theater Chemnitz); Léopold, La juive (Nationaltheater Mannheim)
Upcoming: Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Theater Wielki Poznań)

Last updated: April 2017

Randall Bills

Tamino

May 7, 10, 14, 19, & 21

Lauren Snouffer

Pamina

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Countess Adèle, Count Ory and Pamina, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Seattle Opera Debut: Countess Adèle, Count Ory (’16)
Recently: Héro, Beatrice et Bénédict (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse); Tusnelda, Arminio (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe); Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel (Houston Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Agnès, Written on Skin (Opera Philadelphia); Amour, Orphée et Eurydice (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Lulu, Lulu (Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile)

Last updated: April 2017

Lauren Snouffer

Pamina

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Amanda Forsythe

Pamina

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Pamina,The Magic Flute

Hometown: Boston, MA
Seattle Opera Debut: Iris, Semele ('15) 
Recently: Marzelline, Fidelio (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia); Amore, Orfeo ed Euridice (Opera Royal de Versailles; Royal Opera Covent Garden); Mozart Mass in C Minor (Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists)
Upcoming: Serpina, La serva padrona and Isabelle, Le carnaval de Venise (Boston Early Music Festival); Iole, Hercules (Handel & Haydn Society)

Last updated: April 2017

Amanda Forsythe

Pamina

May 7, 10, 14, 19, & 21

John Moore

Papageno

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Milford (Okoboji), IA
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro ('16) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (’17); Papageno, The Magic Flute (’17); Steve Jobs, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs ('19)
Recently: Frank Lloyd Wright, Shining Brow (Arizona Opera); Achilla, Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Glyndebourne Festival Opera House); Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Portland Opera) 
Upcoming: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (New Zealand Opera) 

Last Updated: October 2019

Count, The Marriage of Figaro (New Zealand Opera) 

John Moore

Papageno

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Craig Verm

Papageno

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, and Claudio, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Houston, TX
Seattle Opera Debut: Papageno, The Magic Flute (’17)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte (’18)
Recently: Doug Hansen, Everest (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Tancredi, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda/Daniel, I Have No Stories to Tell (Opera Philadelphia); Billy Budd, Billy Budd (Des Moines Metro Opera)
Upcoming: Masetto, Don Giovanni (Dallas Opera); Haly, The Italian Girl in Algiers (Santa Fe Opera)

Last updated: February 2018

Craig Verm

Papageno

Seattle Opera Debut
May 7, 10, 14, 19, & 21

Christina Poulitsi

Queen of the Night

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Dresden, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Gilda, Rigoletto (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino); Le Rossignol, Le Rossignol (Stresa Festival); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Deutsche Oper Berlin) 
Upcoming: Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucia di Lammermoor (Royal Opera Covent Garden/Athens); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Bolshoi Theatre)

Last updated: April 2017

Christina Poulitsi

Queen of the Night

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Ante Jerkunica

Sarastro

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Sparafucile, Rigoletto

Hometown: Split, Croatia
Seattle Opera Debut: Sarastro, The Magic Flute (’17)
Recently: Graf Rodolfo, La sonnambula (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Pimen, Boris Godunow (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Tzar Zultan, Tzar Saltan (Bruxelles)
Upcoming: Timur, Turandot (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Sparafucile/Count Monterone, Rigoletto (Bayerische Staatsoper München); Gurnemanz, Parsifal (Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg)

Last Updated: July 2019

Ante Jerkunica

Sarastro

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Rodell Rosel

Monostatos

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Goro, Madame Butterfly

Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Seattle Opera Debut: Monostatos, The Magic Flute (’17)
Recently: First Jew, Salome, and Spalanzani, The Tales of Hoffmann (Los Angeles Opera); Mime, Das Rheingold (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: Tanzmeister, Ariadne auf Naxos (Kentucky Opera); Njegus, The Merry Widow (Florentine Opera); Pang, Turandot (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Last updated: July 2017

Rodell Rosel

Monostatos

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Amanda Opuszynski

Papagena

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Sandman/Dew Fairy, Hansel and Gretel; Papagena, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Manchester, CT
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2010/11, 2011/12
Seattle Opera Debut: Frasquita, Carmen (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Sandman/Dew Fairy, Hansel and Gretel (’16); Barbarina, The Marriage of Figaro (’16); Naiad, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15)
Recently: Bess Erne, Riders of the Purple Sage (Arizona Opera); Micäela, Carmen (St. Petersburg Opera); Musetta, La bohème (South Dakota Symphony) 

Last updated: April 2017

Amanda Opuszynski

Papagena

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Jacqueline Piccolino

First Lady

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: First Lady, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: First Lady, The Magic Flute;Lady Madeline, La chute de la maison Usher; Clotilde, Norma (San Francisco Opera)
Upcoming: Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Johnstown Symphony Orchestra)

Last updated: April 2017

Jacqueline Piccolino

First Lady

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Nian Wang

Second Lady

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Second Lady, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Nanjing, China
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Ascanius, Les Troyens; Tebaldo, Don Carlos; and  Second Lady, The Magic Flute  (San Francisco Opera)
Upcoming: Siebel, Faust (St. Petersburg Opera Company)

Last updated: April 2017

Nian Wang

Second Lady

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Jenni Bank

Third Lady

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Third Lady, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2009/10
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd (Tri-Cities Opera); Fridaus Norman, Shalimar the Clown, world premiere (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Ruth, Pirates of Penzance (Knoxville Opera) 
Upcoming: Unsuk Chin's Scenes from Alice in Wonderland (Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra); Marquise, The Daughter of the Regiment (Hawaii Opera Theatre); Third Lady, The Magic Flute (Florentine Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

Jenni Bank

Third Lady

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Adam Lau

Speaker

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Alidoro, Cinderella

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Papa, Makoto Kobayashi, An American Dream (’15)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Speaker, The Magic Flute (’17); Ferrando, Il trovatore ('19); Kōbun Chino Otogawa, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs ('19)
Recently: Ferrando, Il Trovatore (Seattle Opera); Creon, Medea (Wexford Festival); Sarastro, The Magic Flute (Kentucky Opera)
Upcoming: Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Basilio, The Barber of Seville (Dallas Opera); Bass Soloist, Messiah (Carnegie Hall)

Last Updated: August 2019

Adam Lau

Speaker

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Eric Neuville

First Priest

Hometown: Waupaca, WI

Seattle Opera Debut: Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: First Priest, The Magic Flute (’17); Testo, The Combat (’17); Gastone, La traviata (’17) 
Recently: Young Thompson, Glory Denied (Nashville Opera); Pedrillo, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Madison Opera); John Kipling, A Kipling Passion (Choral Arts NW) 
Upcoming: Bernstein’s Mass (Austin Symphony); Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Portland Chamber Orchestra); Considering Matthew Shepard (Conspirare) 

 

Last updated: May 2018

Eric Neuville

First Priest

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Ryan Bede

Second Priest

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Moralès, Carmen

Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Second Priest, The Magic Flute (’17)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Fiorello, The Barber of Seville (’17); Jim Crowley, An American Dream (’17); Prince Yamadori, Madame Butterfly (’17)
Recently: Schaunard, La bohème (Lyric Opera Northwest); Masetto, Don Giovanni (Opera Idaho); Bass Soloist, Handel’s Messiah (Bremerton Symphony)
Upcoming:  Belcore, L’elisir d’amore (Tacoma Opera)

Last updated: April 2019

Ryan Bede

Second Priest

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Frederick Ballentine

First Armored Man

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker's Yardbird

Seattle Opera Debut: Armored Man, The Magic Flute ('17)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Don José, Carmen ('19)
Hometown: Norfolk, VA
Recently: Sportin' Life, Porgy and Bess (English National Opera, Dutch National Opera, and Metropolitan Opera); Steersman, The Flying Dutchman (Cincinnati Opera); Amon, Akhenaten (Los Angeles Opera)
Upcoming: Don José, Carmen (Los Angeles Opera); Hoffmann, The Tales of Hoffmann (Opera Louisiane); Judah, Castor and Patience (World Premiere at Cincinnati Opera)

Last updated: January 2020

Frederick Ballentine

First Armored Man

Seattle Opera Debut
May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Jonathan Silvia

Second Armored Man

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Count Ceprano, Rigoletto

Hometown: Kirkland, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: First Villager, Pagliacci (’08) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Imperial Commisioner, Madame Butterfly (’17);Second Armored Man, The Magic Flute (’17);  Marquis D'Obigny, La traviata (’17);
Recently: Leporello, Don Giovanni (Pacific Northwest Opera); Zuniga, Carmen (Pacific Northwest Opera); Oroveso, Norma (Skagit Opera)

Last Updated: July 2019

Jonathan Silvia

Second Armored Man

May 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, & 21

Johanna Mergener

Spirit

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Three Spirits, The Magic Flute

Frankfurt, Germany
The Bush School
Johanna discovered her love for opera at a Seattle Opera summer camp in 2013. She also sang in the children's choir of Seattle Opera’s recent production of Hansel and Gretel. When she is not singing, Johanna enjoys playing the violin, dancing, and drawing.

Last updated: April 2017

Johanna Mergener

Spirit

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Emili Rice

Spirit

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Three Spirits, The Magic Flute

Seattle, WA
Garfield High School
Emili Rice has sung with the Seattle Opera since 2011 in productions of Carmen, Turandot, Suor Angelica, Our Earth, and Hansel and Gretel. She also plays violin in her school orchestra and acts in the school drama club. She is so excited to be taking part in this production. Emili is a member of Seattle Opera’s Teen Vocal Studio.

Last updated: April 2017 

Emili Rice

Spirit

May 6, 13, 17, & 20

Isabel Woods

Spirit

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Three Spirits, The Magic Flute

Seattle, WA
Garfield High School
The Magic Flute will be Izzy’s fifth opera at Seattle Opera and her first in a principal role. Izzy made her opera debut as a Fox Cub in Scottish Opera’s The Cunning Little Vixen in 2011. In her free time she continues to sing with the Seattle Girls’ Choir, takes private voice lessons with Nancy Zylstra, and loves to dance.

Last updated: April 2017