For more than 30 years, Opera Colorado has been providing high quality classic opera and original works to the Denver community. Fans of opera already know how amazing this organization is, but if you’ve never taken the time to see what a live opera show is really like, then you definitely need to attend Opera Colorado’s upcoming production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”
One of the few operas to include both singing and spoken dialogue, “The Magic Flute” was originally released in 1791 with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. While the entire production is sung in German, there will be both English and Spanish subtitles at every seat, so you’ll have no trouble following the story, which centers on Tamino, who has been coerced into killing a high priest while rescuing the beautiful daughter of the Queen of the Night. Along the way to kill the high priest, Sarastro, he meets many people who are in service of the evil Queen, and his journey takes him far and wide to rescue Pamina.
The conductor for Opera Colorado’s production of “The Magic Flute” is Joseph Mechavich, who has been at the helm of productions at the San Diego Opera, Calgary Opera, the Washington National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Florida Grand Opera. He was also the Principal Conductor for Opera Birmingham, the Director of Music for Orlando Opera and the Cover Conductor of the Santa Fe Opera. It’s very exciting to have Mechavich presiding over this production of “The Magic Flute.” In addition to Mechavich as Conductor, Daniel Witzke directs this production. Witzke is a German stage director with an extensive background in musical theater and opera with professional training in Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg. The combination of this powerhouse directing/conducting team is sure to offer a truly astounding and magical production that will please all Mozart fans and opera fans alike.
“The Magic Flute” by Opera Colorado performs at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for four performances only; May 2, 5 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and one matinee on May 10 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $27.60 and are available online or by calling the Ellie Caulkins Opera House Box Office at (303) 468-2030. Make sure to arrive a little early to allow time for parking in the large Denver Center Complex parking garage, or to grab a drink at one of the lobby bars of the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House.