It’s Staged: The Magic Flute
On Thursday, meet a prince and beautiful princess and watch their entwined destinies unfold through all the trials, challenges and triumphs of love.
“The Magic Flute” is a two-act opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Richard Harrell is at the helm of this staged production at the Hawai`i Preparatory Academy’s performing arts center. Stephen Stubbs conducts the instrumental ensemble.
This opera includes song and spoken dialogue called Singspiel which, when the opera was created, allowed for performers of various skill levels in voice to lend their voicing to the character.
The story opens with a lost prince and a monster in need of vanquishing. What follows is a story where a princess needs rescue and a marriage is promised to the savior of the lovely princess.
This opera has spawned many offshoots in book and theater. It even became a full-length animated movie which included those odd blue creatures the Smurfs.
Tickets are $15 and are available at the www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org website.
Also, on Friday, The Magic Flute II will be performed at 7 p.m. at the HPA arts center. Tickets are again $15 and available through the website. HPA is located at 65-1274 Kawaihae Road in Kamuela.