NEW BRITAIN - The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Connecticut Lyric Opera are bringing the music of Mozart to New Britain on Friday with a performance of “The Magic Flute.”
The performance will be the CVCO’s first opera production of the 2017-2018 performance season.
According to information provided by the orchestra:
“The Magic Flute chronicles the struggle between good and evil, centered on the conflict between Sarastro and the Queen of the Night in a mythic time and place reminiscent of Egypt. Sarastro has abducted the Queen’s daughter, Pamina, to save her from her wicked mother; and at the beginning of the opera, the Queen and her three ladies dupe Prince Tamino into going to Sarastro’s realm to rescue Pamina, whose portrait makes the young prince fall in love with her.
Tamino is accompanied to the temple by Papageno, the Queen’s bird catcher. Tamino is lead to Sarastro, and he and Pamina are eventually brought to love and enlightenment. They resist the further temptations of the Queen and her minions, undergo trials by fire and water, and are united with each other. At the end, all demons are exorcised and the Queen of the Night, her ladies and Monostatos, Sarastro’s servant, sink into the earth.”
Artistic Director Adrian Sylveen will conduct.
“This is a very good introduction to the opera,” Sylveen said, noting that it will be sung in English rather than German, the language of the original libretto.
Sylveen said the performance is “tailored to families” and fun for everyone.
Tickets cost $25, $20 for senior citizens. They can be bought online at thevirtuosi.ticketleap.com or at the box office on the day of the performance.
The show at Trinity-On-Main kicks off a tour. The opera will be staged at the MHS Performing Arts Center in Middletown on Saturday, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford on Nov. 26 and the Garde Arts Center in New London on Dec. 2.
Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.