What: The Atlanta Opera’s The Magic Flute
Where: Cobb Energy Centre
When: Tues. April 27, Fri. April 30 and Sun. May 2
Cost: $25 – $125 plus tax and fees
(get 20% off by calling 404-881-8885 and mentioning #magicflute on twitter)
Last week I was asked by the Atlanta Opera to participate in social media night during The Magic Flute dress rehearsal. I’d never been to the Opera and I’ll be very honest, really never thought about going. That said, I truly enjoyed it.
The Magic Flute is a perfect Opera for first timers. Although it is sung in German, there were subtitles in English, and, unlike other Opera’s, The Magic Flute has spoke parts too. All speaking parts were in English, so the story was easy to follow. Light up props and puppets added a whimsical fun to the production.
The Magic Flute follows the story of Tamino, an Egyptian prince, in his journey to find Pamina, the Queen’s daughter, and rescue her from the sorcerer Sarastro. Armed with only a golden flute for protection, he must face trials of fire and water to prove his worth and win her heart. In another interpretation from fellow social media attendee Chad Elkins,“3 divas craving affection, a light saber, a sidekick, & mission to save a princess: story of my life!”
The Egyptian set, lighting, beautiful costumes (and those puppets!) were amazing and quite a production even without the incredible music. Someone asked if this was a good production for children and the answer is “yes”. However, unless they already know the storyline, I’d only bring children who can already read, so you aren’t whispering throughout the performance.
If you’re interested in learning more about Opera, there are FREE pre-opera talks. Pre-Opera Talks occur one hour prior to each performance in the John A. Williams Theatre at the Cobb Energy Centre. Pre-Opera Talks help patrons gain a better understanding of the upcoming production through a brief presentation about the setting, plot, characters, composer, and music. Reservations are not required and seating is unreserved. You must have a ticket for the specific performance that follows.