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    Magic Flute, The

    Santa Fe Opera


    Mozart's ultimate opera chronicles the powers of love and of music to triumph over evil, transforming discord into radiant harmony.


    Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Sung in German, with dialogue in English

    Act I

    The Three Ladies kill a huge serpent that was chasing Tamino, then go to inform the Queen of the Night of his arrival. Papageno introduces himself, boasting to Tamino that he was the one who slew the serpent. The Ladies return to give Tamino a portrait of Pamina, claiming she has been enslaved by Sarastro, and they temporarily padlock Papageno’s mouth for lying. Tamino is charmed by the image of Pamina. The Queen appears, lamenting the loss of her daughter, and charges Tamino and Papageno with Pamina’s rescue. The Ladies give Tamino a magic flute and Papageno magic bells to ensure their safety. Monostatos tries to capture Pamina but is frightened away by Papageno, who tells Pamina that Tamino loves her and intends to save her. Tamino arrives at a temple and is told that it is the Queen, not Sarastro, who is evil. He plays his flute, hoping to make Pamina appear. She and Papageno are nearby and, thanks to Papageno’s magic bells, are able once again to escape from Monostatos. Sarastro promises Pamina eventual freedom. She sees Tamino outside the temple and they fall in love.

    Act II

    Tamino and Papageno begin the first of three initiation trials to join Sarastro’s temple brotherhood. Sworn to silence, Tamino resists the temptations of the Three Ladies, but Papageno quickly succumbs. Monostatos again approaches the sleeping Pamina but is warded off by the Queen of the Night, who gives her daughter a dagger with which to murder Sarastro. Monostatos renews his quest when the Queen vanishes, but Pamina is rescued by Sarastro, who consoles her. Papageno catches a glimpse of Papagena, but is warned that he must succeed in the trials if he is to have her for a wife. Pamina is despondent over Tamino’s silence, but is saved from suicide by the Three Spirits. She is reunited with Tamino and they undergo the trials by water and fire, emerging triumphant thanks to the magic flute. Papageno also is saved from attempted suicide by the Spirits, who remind him to use his magic bells to summon Papagena. The pair plans for a fertile future. The Queen of the Night, her Three Ladies, and Monostatos attack the temple brotherhood, but are defeated and the victors celebrate the triumph of enlightenment over the powers of darkness.


    • Pamina - Sheri Greenawald
    • Queen of the Night (thru 8/10) - Sally Wolf
    • Tamino - David Kuebler
    • Papageno - Stephen Dickson
    • Monostatos - Joseph Frank
    • Sarastro - Gwynne Howell
    • First Lady - Melanie Helton
    • Second Lady - Judith Christin
    • Third Lady - Jean Kraft
    • Spirits - Winifred L. Clonts
    • Spirits - Jan Juline Leeds
    • Spirits - Beth A. McLeod
    • Speaker - Claude Corbeil
    • Priest - Wilbur Pauley
    • Priest - Joel Myers
    • Priest - James Ramlet
    • Papagena - Karen Beardsley
    • Armed Men - Richard Best
    • Armed Men - Bruce Johnson
    • Conductor - George Manahan
    • Director - Robin Thompson
    • Scenic Designer - Steven Rubin
    • Costume Designer - Willa Kim
    • Lighting Designer - Craig Miller