October 15, 2017

Kingston, Jamaica

Highlights of an Amazing Experience at The Met

For some 3 hours and  nine minutes , between the hours of 11:55 am and 3 :10 pm the audience at Carib 5 in Kingston sat spellbound by the Met’s refreshed production of Mozart’s  Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). The opera encore on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Palace Cineplex.

A scene from the spectacular set design of Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte, at The Metropolitan Opera; New York, NY. (Photograph: © 2017 Richard Termine).


Acclaimed director, playwright and puppeteer Julie Taymor, renowned for her mastery in Broadway’s The Lion King created a visual spectacle that brought the magical world of dancing bears, majestic lions and enchanting birds and spirits to life in this entertaining fairytale beloved by children and the young at heart.

Julie Taynor’s production of The Magic Flute is awesome! Her creative costumes and the puppets she co-designed with Michael Curry excites the imagination.

Taymor’s supreme artistry on set, enhanced in the pit by the baton of the Met’s musical director Maestro James Levine and a stellar cast of voices including the revered German bass, Grammy® Award winner René Papa, newcomer South African soprano Gauda Shultz, American coloratura soprano Kathryn Lewek,  American tenor Charles Castronovo  and Australian Baritone Markus Werba made for an afternoon of perfection at the opera.Enjoy the imagery.

Charles Castronovo as Tamino is flanked by giant bears brought to life by artful puppetry in one of the many amazing scenes in Mozart’s  Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). (Photo: Richard Termine).

Golda Schultz; as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). In her backstage interview at The Met’s Live in HD transmission, Golda said she felt as happy as a 5 year old on stage and that she imagined that all the children watching in movie theatres were equally thrilled. The soprano who is making her debut at the Met said she was inspired by Maestro James Levine’s advice to give her best and let her voice do the rest. (Photograph: Richard Termine).

Revered German bass and Grammy® Award winner René Papa as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).

Markus Werba as Papageno in a scene with dancing birds from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) featuring puppets by the acclaimed and award winning Julie Taymor. (Photo – Richard Termine).

Kathryn Lewek as The Queen of the Night in Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). The Metropolitan Opera; New York, NY. (Photo – Richard Termine).

Markus Werba as Papageno and Ashley Emerson as Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, The Magic Flute (Photo: Richard Termine/Metropolitan Opera).