Opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

10 - 12/10/2003 20:00     Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium     400

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) – Opera in 2 acts
Music: W. A. Mozart
Libretto: Emmanuel Schikaneder
Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia
Conductor: Niels Muus, Volksoper Wien, Austria
China National Opera Theatre Chorus
Director: Robert Swedberg, Orlando Opera Company USA
Set designer: Carey Wong, Orlando Opera Company USA
Costumes: Otello Camponeschi/ Fabrizio Onali, Rome, Italy

Cast 10, 12/10 11/10
Tamino: Mark Thomsen Warren Mok
Papageno: Paul Armin Edelmann Peter Edelmann
Sarastro: Victor Von Halem
Queen of the Night: Cyndia Sieden
Pamina: Ying Huang Danielle Streiff
Monostatos: Karl-Michael Ebner
Papagena: Alexandra Sapan
Narrator: Soon Won Kang

Die Zauberflöte

Follow the sounds of Tamino’s magical flute and Papageno’s silver bell to a fairy-tale world of Mozart’s Magic Flute, where good triumphs over evil, light defies darkness, and love conquers all.

A handsome prince, Tamino and the lovely princess, Pamina, fall in love against the wishes of the wicked Queen of the Night. Through a series of trials they discover the virtues of reason and wisdom, before being brought together by the High Priest, Sarastro. The bird catcher, Papageno, a dragon, and dancing animals augment a cast that gives voice to majestic music and spoken dialogue of great charm.

Don't miss Mozart’s enchanting blend of pure comedy and high drama – a masterpiece that has captivated audiences for more than 200 years.

A wonderful combination of the comic and the serious intermingled in a way that is frequently disconcerting but inevitably lifelike. Mozart has succeeded in combining these two elements of everyday life in a musical fantasy which has not been surpassed.

Sung in German, with English dialogue. Surtitles in English, Portuguese and Chinese

Niels Muus is resident Conductor and Casting Director at the famous Volksoper Wien, in Austria and is internationally known as an expert of the Italian singing style and tradition. He is chairman of the jury of the Belvedere competition for opera coaches in Vienna and member of the jury at the singing competition Toti dal Monte, Italy. He has conducted opera productions and concerts in Ankara, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow, and other cities.

Robert Swedberg has been General Director of the Orlando Opera Company, USA since 1990, where he is responsible for the artistic and administrative direction of the company, and Director of the Opera Studio programme at the University of Central Florida. He is founder of the Heinz Rehfuss Singing-Actor Awards Competition and is also a member of the Board of Directors of OPERA America.

Carey Wong has worked for over 25 years as a stage designer and arts administrator in the United States and Canada. He has created over 250 designs for opera, theatre, dance, television, and museums throughout America for such companies as Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Edmonton Opera, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Minneapolis' Hey City Theatre, South Carolina Educational Television, Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Tacoma Actors Guild, and the Seattle Children's Theatre. Mr. Wong attended Yale College and the Yale School of Drama and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University.

The Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia is making its 3rd appearance at the Macao International Music Festival.

approximately 3 hours, including one interval