WESTERLY — Salt Marsh Opera will present Mozart’s legendary last opera, "The Magic Flute," on Thursday, April 25, at the Knickerbocker Music Center.
The opera, which premiered at the Theater auf der Wieden near Vienna on Sept. 30, 1791, just two months before Mozart’s death, is "filled with a mosaic of melodies and motifs," according to Simon Holt, the opera company's artistic director.
"This intricate fairytale will launch audiences of all ages into a quest for wisdom and enlightenment," Holt said in a statement, it's a classic fairytale of love and good versus evil.
The story centers around a handsome prince who sets out on an adventure to rescue a princess in distress. When he meets the deceitful Queen of the Night, the prince and his followers must trust in the strength of music to save them from the darkness.
Abigail Paschke will play the role of Pamina, Charlie Widmer will play Tamino, Adam Cioffari play Papageno and Tyler Putnam will play Sarastro. They will be joined by new singers to Salt Marsh Opera: Jamilyn Manning-White as Queen of the Night, Max Potter as Papagena and Second Lady, Jessica Jacobs as First Lady, Danielle Marcelle Bond as Third Lady and Christopher Plaas as Monastatos.
Andrew Nienaber will make his Salt Marsh debut as stage director and Lena Zamolodchikova will serve as music director and accompanist.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro