Friday, April 8, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

THE MAGIC FLUTE is presented by PNC, and is generously sponsored by C. Thomas Kunz.

Mozart wrote THE MAGIC FLUTE for a popular theater in the suburbs, away from the hifalutin crowd of the regular opera theater in Vienna. In Amadeus, Peter Shaffer called it “a vaudeville” – something to entertain the audience. But Mozart’s work is also many other things:  a love story; a daring adventure; a mystery about making one’s way in the world and what that all means. THE MAGIC FLUTE has some of opera’s iconic characters, who sing some of the most memorable music ever written for the stage, from Papageno’s earworm aria to the fiercely challenging solos of the Queen of the Night. THE MAGIC FLUTE is a Singspiel, which means it has passages of spoken dialogue between the musical numbers. We will sing the music in the original German, while speaking the dialogue in English translation.

Joseph Dennis (Rigoletto) sings Tamino, Rainelle Krause is the Queen of the Night, Hugh Russell is Papageno, and Hidenori Inoue is Sarastro.  Keitaro Harada (Carmen, Pagliacci) returns to conduct, and Joshua Borths makes his NCO debut as director.

THE MAGIC FLUTE lasts approximately 2h30m, including one intermission.

Sung in German with English supertitles and English Dialogues

Composer:     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Librettist:        Emanuel Schikaneder

Premiere:       1791, Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna

COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates

As of Oct. 1, 2021, the resident companies of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, including North Carolina Opera, require proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test dated within the past 72 hours for entry. Per current City of Raleigh requirements, face masks are also required to be worn by all guests while inside the building.

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Tickets purchased for The Magic Flute in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 season are still valid for the 2021-2022 season.

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The Artists



Queen of the Night




Speaker/2nd Armored Man

1st Armored Man

Farrar Headshot Small

Kate Farrar

3rd Lady

Rae Fredette Headshot

Rae Fredette

1st Spirit

2nd Spirit

3rd Spirit