October 11, 2017

Kingston, Jamaica:

With floating puppets, dancing bears, twirling flamingos and peacocks, Julie Taymor makes Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) one of the most dazzling productions in the Metropolitan Opera’s repertory. To add to the fascinating experience, the great James Levine conducts this spectacular production that has charmed audiences around the world for several years. On Saturday, October 14, 2017 Jamaican opera fans will experience a live transmission of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), 11: 55 a.m. at Carib 5.

Julie Taymor’s production of Die Zauberflöte debuted in 2004, and with a magical ‘spruce up’ will enthrall audiences world-wide, thirteen years later. Julie Taymor is an Academy Award ® nominated director, playwright and puppeteer known for films such as; Across the Universe, Frida and Broadway’s The Lion King. Complementing her creative force, by weaving his magical touch in the Met’s libretto, is James Levine. Levine is a musical pioneer who has conducted more than 2,500 performances at the Met-more than any other conductor in the company’s history. He became the Met’s musical director in 1976, and founded the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in 1989. Photograph: © 2017 Richard Termine.                                          
Die Zauberflöte is a classic tale of adventure full of heroic deeds, supernatural enchantments, and the triumph of good over evil. On its face, it is about a young prince Tamino (Charles Castronovo), who finds himself in a strange land, forced to undergo mysterious tests so he can rescue the woman he loves, Pamina.

Golda Schultz as Pamina and Charles Castronovo as Prince Tamino. Photograph: © 2017 Richard Termine.

Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. . Photograph: © 2017 Richard Termine.

Golda Schultz makes a dazzling debut as Pamina, the morally upright daughter of the Queen of the Night. The excellent New -Yorker, Charles Castronovo plays the young prince Tamino.  Castronovo has sung at most of the world’s leading opera houses such as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera and Paris Opera. His repertoire spans from the great Mozart tenor roles in Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte and Lucia di Lammermoor. The most anticipated character in this production is undoubtedly the Queen of the Night, played by the Met’s token lady- Kathryn Lewek.  She is known as one of the strongest soprano singers of her time and has taken on several vocally challenging roles in the soprano repertoire.

Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”; dress rehearsal photographed: Wednesday, September 20, 2017; 11:00 AM at The Metropolitan Opera; New York, NY. Photograph: © 2017 Richard Termine.

Die Zauberflöte is a humorous fairytale fantasy mixed into a quest for love that is equally appealing to both children and adults. Die Zauberflöte will transmit live to opera fans around the world on Saturday, October 14, 2017 to 2,000 theaters in 70 countries as part of the company’s Live in HD series.  This is the second Live in HD transmission for the season. It will be followed by “The Exterminating Angel on Nov. 18, “Tosca” on Jan. 27, 2018, “L’Elisir d’Amore” on Feb. 10, “La Bohème” on Feb. 24, “Semiramide” on March 10, “Così fan tutte” on March 31, “Luisa Miller” on April 14 and “Cendrillon” on April 28.
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