The Met: Live in HD Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
The Met: Live in HD continues Oct. 14 with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Metropolitan Opera performances transmitted live in High-Definition to FLC campus
DURANGO, Colo. – The Met: Live in HD, presented by the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, continues its 2017-2018 series on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Die Zauberflöte will be broadcast live in high definition from the Metropolitan Opera to the Vallecito Room of the FLC Student Union beginning at 10:55 a.m. Run time is approximately 3 hours, with one intermission.
Die Zauberflöte is one of Met Music Director Emeritus and Conductor James Levine’s signature pieces. Mozart’s magical fable, translated in Julie Taymor’s dynamic production, is said to capture both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.
South African soprano Golda Schultz makes her company debut as Pamina, with soprano Kathryn Lewek reprising her interpretation of the Queen of the Night. Baritone Markus Werba is the bird-catcher Papageno, and tenor Charles Castronovo is the fairytale prince Tamino, with bass Christian Van Horn as the Speaker and bass René Pape as Sarastro.
The varied tone of Die Zauberflöte requires singers who can specialize in several different musical genres. The comic and earthy are represented by the baritone, Papageno, while true love in its noblest forms is conveyed by the tenor Tamino and the soprano Pamina. The bass, Sarastro, expresses the solemn and the transcendental. The use of the chorus is spare but hauntingly beautiful, and fireworks are provided by the coloratura Queen of the Night.
The opera premiered at the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna, 1791, and Mozart conducted the opening night performance. Three months after the premiere, Mozart passed away, leaving Die Zauberflöte as his final opera. The production has been staged 426 times by The Met since its New York debut in March 1900.
Die Zauberflöte was written with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a Singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage – a structure for navigating the diverse moods of the story and score, which range from solemn to lighthearted.
Advance tickets for individual screenings of The Met: Live in HD ($20-$23 plus service fee) are available on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 970.247.7657, or at the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave. in Downtown Durango.