David Portillo & Kathryn Bowden Lead Pittsburgh Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute’

By Francisco Salazar

The Pittsburgh Opera is set to return to the Benedum Center, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

The opera, which will be directed by  Dan Rigazzi, will star David Portillo as Tamino, Kathryn Bowden as Queen of the Night, Adelaide Boedecker as Pamina, Véronique Filloux as Papagena, Benjamin Taylor as Papageno, Tom McNichols as Sarastro, and Jeremy Harr as Speaker. Antony Walker will direct the production.

The cast will also include Madeline Ehlinger, Corrie Stallings, Maire Therese Carmack, Rodell Rosel, Yazid Gray, Andrew Turner, Brian Kontes, Zoe Chessa, Helen Peppler, and Abigail Cunningham.

Audiences attending the opera will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear face coverings. Additionally, Pittsburgh Opera has a no-hassle refund policy for all 2021–22 operas so patrons can purchase their tickets with confidence. Pittsburgh Opera will offer full refunds for any patrons who notify us that they need to cancel their tickets at least one hour prior to their performance start time.

“The Magic Flute” will open on Nov. 6 and will be performed four times until Nov. 14. The opera will be performed in English with English supertitles provided.