Mozart's 'Magic Flute' at Trinity-on-Main Friday

Published on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:40
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Connecticut Lyric Opera are bringing the music of Mozart to New Britain this Friday with a performance of “The Magic Flute.”

The performance will be the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra’s first opera production of the 2017-2018 performance season.

“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,” the chamber orchestra says in a description of the opera.

“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 birdcatcher. Tamino is led 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 and inducted into the priestly state.

“At the end all demons are exorcised: the Queen of the Night, her ladies, and Monostatos, Sarastro’s nefarious servant, sink into the earth.”

Adrian Sylveen, the chamber orchestra’s artistic director, will conduct the production.

“This is a very good introduction to the opera,” Sylveen said of the performance, explaining that the opera will be in English rather than German or Italian like many others.

Sylveen will be accompanied by the company’s resident orchestra and co-production partner, the CVCO, with a full chorus directed by Chorus Master Dara Blackstone.

The artistic director said the performance is “tailored to families” and fun for everyone.

“It’s very much a family production,” Sylveen said.

Tickets to the show costs $25 or $20 for senior citizens. Tickets for “The Magic Flute” can be purchased online at or at the box office on the day of the performance.

The show at Trinity-on-Main kicks off a tour of “The Magic Flute.” The performance will go to the MHS Performing Arts Center in Middletown on Saturday, the Wadsworth Atheneum 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


WHAT: The Magic Flute

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17

WHERE: Trinity-On-Main, 69 Main St.

PRICE: $25 or $20 for senior citizens

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:40. Updated: Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:43.