Pittsburgh Opera will return to the Benedum Center, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with Mozart’s most-celebrated opera — the mystical adventure “The Magic Flute.”

Young Prince Tamino embarks on a hero’s quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Pamina from Sarastro’s clutches. Along the way, he learns that things aren’t always as they seem. Aided by a magic flute, and accompanied by his trusty sidekick Papageno the bird catcher, Tamino pursues truth and reason, love and enlightenment.

“Full of beautiful melodies and enchanting characters, this timeless tale of light battling darkness will delight adults and children alike.”

Per Pittsburgh Opera’s COVID safety protocols, patrons must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and wear face coverings (masks). Full details, including vaccination exceptions for children who aren’t old enough to be vaccinated and others, are available at pittsburghopera.org/COVID.

Pittsburgh Opera has a no-hassle refund policy for all 2021–22 operas so patrons can purchase their tickets with confidence. Pittsburgh Opera will offer “full refunds for any patrons who notify us that they need to cancel their tickets at least one hour prior to their performance start time.”


Saturday, Nov. 6, * 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, * 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 12, * 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 14, * 2 p.m.

Run Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes with one intermission

Language: Sung in English with English supertitles projected above the stage

“The Magic Flute” is considered a “Singspiel” (singing play), a music drama similar to modern musical theater. A singspiel has spoken dialogue as well as arias and ensembles, and usually has a comic or romantic plot with exaggerated characterizations of good and evil. In Mozart’s Austria, Singspiele were more popular and accessible for the general public than Italian-style grand opera.

Mozart was a Freemason, and scholars have written extensively about the “Masonic symbolism” that can be found throughout “The Magic Flute.”

Mozart was just 35 years old when he composed the music for “The Magic Flute.” He died in December 1791, three short months after it opened.

Tamino — David Portillo

Queen of the Night — Kathryn Bowden+

Pamina — Adelaide Boedecker**

Papagena — Véronique Filloux*

Papageno — Benjamin Taylor**

First Lady — Madeline Ehlinger*

Second Lady — Corrie Stallings**

Third Lady Maire — Therese Carmack*

Sarastro — Tom McNichols

Monostatos — Rodell Rosel

Speaker — Jeremy Harr*

Second Priest — Yazid Gray*

First Priest/First Armored Man — Andrew Turner*

Second Armored Man — Brian Kontes

First Spirit — Zoe Chessa+

Second Spirit — Helen Peppler+

Third Spirit — Abigail Cunningham+

Conductor Antony Walker

Stage Director Dan Rigazzi

Scenic Designer John Pollard+

Costume Designer Leslie Bernstein+

Projection Designer Doug Provost

Lighting Designer Andrew Ostrowski

Wig and Makeup Designer James Geier

Stage Manager Cindy Knight

Assistant Stage Manager Alex W. Seidel

Assistant Stage Manager Hannah Nathan+

Head of Music/Assistant Conductor Glenn Lewis

Chorus Master Mark Trawka

Associate Coach/Pianist James Lesniak

Assistant Stage Director Kaley Karis Smith*

* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist

** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni

+ Pittsburgh Opera debut

PNC is the 2021–22 Pittsburgh Opera season sponsor.

WQED-FM is Pittsburgh Opera’s media sponsor.

Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center is the Tuesday performance sponsor.

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