Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
as performed by the Piedmont Opera Company of Winston-Salem, NC.
Friday, April 8, 2005. 8pm http://www.piedmontopera.org/magicflute.html
Click on the picture of any of the performers to get some more info.
Tamino Don Frazure
Pamina Margaret Lloyd
Papageno Frank Hernandez
Queen of the Night ???
Sarastro Mikhail Svetlov
The scenery was rather sparse and was not changed between Act 1 and Act 2, even though the location changes. I felt that this did not take anything away from the story. The opera was performed in English with English supertitles. The lighting, costumes, and performances were, overall, wonderful.
Here are a few items of interest.
1. The soprano who played the Queen of the Night was not perfect, and strained to hit some of the high notes in the Revenge Aria.
2. The bass that played Sarastro had a Russian name and his English was thickly accented, making it a bit difficult to understand and he too strained to hit the lowest notes.
3. Tamino was boring.
4. Pamina was lovely and her costume (guys) made her appear quite voluptuous.
5. Monastatos was hilarious. At one point he decides to give up on pursuing Pamina and go to pursue the Queen, then he flicked his tongue ala Gene Simmons of Kiss. Got a huge laugh from the audience.
6. Papageno stole the show. His singing and acting were tremendous.
7. My date told me, and I agreed, that the Soprano that played Pamina had a beautiful voice. Every note was perfect.
All in all, a nice evening. However, I don’t think I will go to see “The Magic Flute” again because the story is not my cup of tea.
P.S. Whatever happened to the fellow that signed off his posts with "Papageno"?