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In a fantastical world of ferocious dragons and enchanted musical instruments, a noble prince sets out to rescue a beautiful princess and ensure the triumph of truth and justice.
Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece returns in a sublime multimedia production sung in English and designed by acclaimed visual artist Jun Kaneko.
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Sung in English with English supertitles
May 27–July 3, 2016
June 12–29, 2016
June 14–July 1, 2016
With a lovelorn birdcatcher as his sidekick, a prince seeks to rescue a princess and help restore peace, justice, and wisdom.
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A charming, buoyant creation!
San Jose Mercury News
Jun Kaneko’s designs charm and delight the eye and first-rate vocal performances enhance the evening’s musical appeal.
San Francisco Chronicle
Soprano Sarah Shafer gave a soulful and vocally robust performance...bringing copious amounts of vocal power, lyricism and dramatic urgency.
Tenor Paul Appleby was impressive in his Company debut...warmly conveying his ardor for the princess Pamina with beautiful lyricism and a moving dramatic performance.
San Francisco Examiner
Lawrence Foster conducted with great sensitivity and an ear to Mozart's sublime harmonies and zesty rhythms. Ian Robertson's Opera Chorus followed suit, sounding fervent and graceful in the temple scenes.
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Co-production with Washington National Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Omaha and Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Previous performances of The Magic Flute can be found in our Archive.
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This production is made possible, in part, by San Francisco Opera Guild, Chevron, United Airlines and The E. Nakamichi Foundation. Ms. Sierra’s appearance is made possible by the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Emerging Stars Fund.