‘The Magic Flute’ Returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Holiday Presentation

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera is set to revive the holiday presentation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

The opera will be presented nine times starting Dec. 16 in the English-language adaptation which runs under two hours.

Julie Taymor’s production returns to the Met with conductor Duncan Ward leading a stellar cast that includes tenors Ben Bliss and David Portillo as Tamino and sopranos Joélle Harvey and Sydney Mancasola as Pamina. Baritones Joshua Hopkins and Benjamin Taylor sing Papageno, and soprano Aleksandra Olczyk makes her company debut as the Queen of the Night.

Basses Soloman Howard and Peixin Chen returns as Sarastro, baritone Alan Held and bass William Guanbo Su sing the Speaker, and tenors Rodell Rosel and Thomas Capobianco are Monostatos.

The Dec. 16 performance of “The Magic Flute” will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio and on Dec. 24, a taped broadcast of the Dec. 16 performance will also be aired on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

“The Magic Flute” runs through Jan. 6, 2023.