HOUSTON (October 27, 2017) — Opera in the Heights (Oh!) increases the number of performances from four to six for its 2017-18 Season opener, Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), November 10-19, at Lambert Hall.
The Magic Flute, one of the most-often performed and beloved pieces in opera, features Mozart’s sublime score and his cast of wildly colorful characters in Prince Tamino’s quest for love and truth. It’s a timeless classic for seasoned opera fans and an ideal first opera for new and young audiences.
“We are pulling out all the stops for this production, which in many ways, represents our company’s mission and aspirations,” says Eiki Isomura, Artistic Director. “We’re striving to discover and develop the next generation of opera artists as well as future audiences of opera as an art form. The Magic Flute is an irresistible fairytale with storytelling that can delight an audience like nothing else.”
Due to the broad appeal and singular standing in its repertoire, The Magic Flute requires an extensive range of elements to produce – calling for a big cast, one of the largest orchestras, a chorus, and a multitude of technical details.
“There will be a dozen principal singers all with highly distinguished backgrounds making their Opera in the Heights debut,” says Eiki Isomura, Artistic Director. “Half of the artists are local, and the remaining will fly in from long distances for the thrill of singing Mozart with the Oh! Orchestra.”
Opera in the Heights’ production of The Magic Flute will showcase two alternating casts of principal singers, comprising of some of the nation’s finest emerging opera professionals recruited through the organization’s annual auditions in New York and Houston.
“By offering a six-show production, we’re allowing families more opportunities than ever to enjoy opera together, in a setting that is intimate and approachable, which is part of a long-term plan to provide programming that reflects the Greater Houston community,” says Paige Myrick, Executive Director.
“Opera in the Heights’ production of The Magic Flute communicates something unique to each audience. Above all, the power of music – its power to heal our hearts, tame our fears, and bring us closer to the truth,” says Dashiell Waterbury, Stage Director. “The piece seems more vibrant and resonant than ever.”
Performance Dates and Times
There will be six performances of The Magic Flute presented at Lambert Hall (1703 Heights Boulevard, Houston, 77008):
- Friday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m.
- Friday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m.
Ticket holders are invited to a post-performance “Talk-Back” with the cast following the matinee on Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m.
Visit www.operaintheheights.org/magic-flute-cast for a list of The Magic Flute cast.
About Opera in the Heights
Opera in the Heights is a professional opera company that exists to provide a stage for emerging performers and brings affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented in the original language with English translations projected above the stage.
Opera in the Heights 2017-18 Season Production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Nov. 10 – 19, 2017