Vancouver Opera to Open Season with ‘The Magic Flute’

By Francisco Salazar

Vancouver Opera is set to open its 2023-24 season with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

The opera is set to open on Oct. 21 and will star Audrey Luna in her acclaimed turn as the Queen of the Night, Owen McCausland as Tamino, Kirsten MacKinnon as Pamina, Clarence Frazer as Papageno, Neil Craighead as Sarastro, and Roger Honeywell as Monostatos.

In a statement, Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director said, “We are thrilled to open our 2023-2024 season with this extraordinary and magical opera classic by one of history’s greatest composers, Mozart, which is sure to enchant Vancouver audiences. Vancouver Opera last presented this masterpiece a decade ago and we are certain audiences will be eager to see this production, cast and creative team we have assembled. This is an incredible ensemble bringing together company debuts and former company members. Owen McCausland, alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, has been in high demand since his career began. Kirsten MacKinnon has captured the attention of audiences across North America and Europe and in 2017 was a finalist in the MET vocal competition. It’s also exciting to see how former company members have advanced their career since last performing with VO and we are thrilled to have Audrey Luna perform with us this season.”

Conductor Tania Miller makes her VO debut leading the Vancouver Opera Chorus, and Vancouver Opera Orchestra in a new production Diane Paulus.

The opera will be performed four times through Oct. 29, 2023.