North Carolina Opera to Present ‘The Magic Flute’

By Afton Wooten

North Carolina Opera’s postponed production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” from 2020 will finally take the stage on April 8 and 10, 2022.

The performances will take place at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium with an evening show at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee. The opera will be sung in German with English dialogue and supertitles.

The cast features the acclaimed American soprano and aerialist performer Rainelle Krause as The Queen of the Night. Krause can be recognized from her famous performances of one of opera’s most difficult arias “Der Hölle Rache,” suspended from silks.

Joining her on stage is Hidenori Inoue as Sarastro, Joseph Dennis as Tamino, Sarah Tucker as Pamina, Hugh Russell will sing Papageno alongside Gretchen Bruesehoff as Papagena. Keitaro Harada conducts and Frances Rabalais makes her North Carolina Opera debut as stage director.