MassOpera to Present Reimagined Version of ‘The Magic Flute’

By Nicolas Quiroga

MassOpera will present an innovative and reimagined new version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” this May.

The famed opera will be showcased with a libretto by Kelley Rourke in English in a production by theater director Pascale Florestal and Metropolitan Chorale director Dr. Lisa Graham. Performances are set for May 13- 21, 2023, at Suffolk University Modern Theatre in Boston.

Per an official press statement, in this adaptation of “The Magic Flute,” the planet earth is in crisis and humanity has caused massive destruction to the world. Three young men find themselves involved in an ancient battle, in which each one blames the other for the catastrophe of the planet. The only hope of the three heroes is to break the binomial of good against evil.

“This opera is my interpretation of what could happen in the future if we continue to treat the earth as we are. I am very excited to use this classic story to talk about the way we are treating the earth today,” Florestal noted.

“In a broken world, it’s easy to play the blame game. In creating this new production of ‘The Magic Flute,’ we were more interested in the hero’s role as a healer,” added Rourke.

The opera will star Chris Remkus, Ehi Omigie, Jessica Graves, Ruoxi Peng, Gray Leiper, Joshua Dixon, Maggie Finnegan, Yan Lian, Lindsey Polcyn, and Jakob Stone. Dr. Lisa Graham conducts.