Manitoba Opera

An enchanting adventure.

The Synopsis

When a prince wanders into a strange land, he is asked by the grief-stricken queen to rescue her daughter, Pamina, who has been imprisoned by a tyrant, Sarastro. To aid him in his search, she gives the prince a magic flute and sends along the comical bird man, Papageno. Throughout the fantastical journey there are serpents to slay, animals to tame, and trials by fire and water.

Is this a fanciful fairytale about a prince out to win his princess with the help of a merry bird catcher? Or is it a fascinating allegory of religion, politics, and freemasonry that explores the very nature of virtue?

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Directed by Michael Cavanagh
Conducted by Tadeusz Biernacki

Running Time: 3 hours